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Choreographic Principles

The Elements of Movement


Time
Accent
Metre
Speed
Rhythm
Duration
Stillness

Space
Directions
Focus
Level
Shape
Dimension
Pathways

Energy
Force (Strong & Light)
Flow (Free & Bound)
Qualities of movementSwinging
Suspended
Sustained
Percussive
Vibratory
Collapsing

Dance Design
Expressive Intention
Literal
Storyline
Theme
Specific Character
Non literal/abstract
Based on
Theoretic concept
Movement quality
Observation
Exploration of movement
quality

Form
Parts of a dance
Motif
Phrase
Section
Formal structures
Binary
Ternary
Rondo
Theme and Variation
Narrative
Unified composition
Beginning
Development
Resolution

Choreographic devices
Abstraction
Addition
Accumulation
Augmentation
Distortion
Embellishment
Insertion
Inversion
Rearrangement
Repetition
Retrograde
Transportation

Movement Vocabulary
Body actions(GLEFTS)
Gesture
Locomotion
Elevation
Falling
Turning
Stillness
Technical & Physical skills
Alignment - correct stacking of the plumb line...
Balance core muscles tensed...
Coordination control of transference of weight...
Flexibility lengthening of muscles through stretching...
Muscular control correct placement and efficiency of movement
Stamina cardiovascular fitness
Strength built up muscles....
Transference of weight shifting the centre of gravity in movement

Genres/Styles
Classical
Jazz
Hip-Hop
Funk
Tap
Contemporary
Culturally specific
Personalised movement vocabulary

Dance Organisation
Spatial Organisation
Direction
Level
Dimension
Focus

Group Structures (SUCCA)


Symmetrical
Unison
Contrast
Cannon
Asymmetrical

Processes / Skills
Movement Creation Process(ISARE)
Improvisation
Selection
Arrangement
Refinement
Evaluation

Rehearsal skills/ Process


Practicing to refine the..
Videotaping to refine the...
Evaluating to refine the...
Re-arranging to refine the...
Sharing to refine the...
Feedback to refine the...
Using the mirror to refine the...

Learning Process
Imitation
Repetition to reproduce learnt work
Discussion and explanation of EI
Testing your movements with a partner
Observation
Breaking down and segmentation of the movements
Safe dance practices relevant to the choreography
Increase of muscular memory
Notation

Pre Performance Process/skills


Visualisation
Marking in the space
Warm up
Mental Preparation
Marking the spacing of group formations in the performance space
Physical Orientation in the performance space
Performance Process/skills
Technical proficiency
Knowledge and clarity of choreographed body actions
Accuracy of choreographed timing
Accuracy of choreographed spacing
Accuracy of choreographed use of energy including qualities of movement
Accuracy of orientation in the performance space
Accuracy of expression in execution of group formations
Accuracy of expression of eye/body focus
Accuracy of expression in facial expression
Accuracy of expression in projection through the whole body

Technical and Production aspects

Cultural Influences

Performance Space
Costume
Lighting
Set
Properties
Makeup
Mechanical Devices
Digital Resources

Economical
Family Influence
Society Influence
Political
Environmental
Dance Training and Dance Teachers
Performances and performance styles that
the choreographer was exposed to.