This paper needs to be on a dance performance.
-Give the name of the artist and title of the artwork you will focus on.
-Identify the discipline of dance.
-Describe the medium and conten to the artwork.
-Describe in detail the form, answering the questions for the 5 elements in the appropriate discipline.
5 Elements of Dance (Body, Action, Space, Time, Energy)
A dancer moves through space and time with energy.
So when you analyze dance, look for these elements:
a. What parts of the dancers body catch your eye?
Hands, eyes, face, shoulders, fingers, torso, legs, feet, etc
b. What shape does the dancer take?
Rounded, twisted, angular, symmetrical/asymmetrical
a. What is the dancer doing with her body?
Stretching, bending, twisting, turning, rising, falling, swinging, rocking,
b. How is the dancer traveling through space?
Slide, walk, hop, somersault, run, skip, jump, leap, roll, crawl, gallop, turns
a. Size how much space does the dance take?
Large, small, narrow, wide
b. Level where are the dancers in relationship to the floor?
High in the air or on their toes?
Low on or near the ground?
Medium, somewhere in the middle?
4. Time When do the dancers move?
a. Metered: Are they moving to a pulse, tempo, accent, or rhythmic pattern?
b. Free Rhythm: Are they moving with their breath? Sensing when to move? Or
c. Clock Time: How long do the movements take in seconds, minutes, hours
d. Relationships: before, after, unison (together), sooner than, faster than
5. Energy How do the dancers move?
a. Attack: Do they start sharply or smoothly? Suddenly or in a sustained way?
b. Weight: Are the movements strong or light? Are they bouncy?
c. Quality: Here are some more words to describe the way the dancers move:
flowing, tight, loose, sharp, swinging, swaying, suspended, collapsed, smooth
-Find at least one scholarly source in print and at least one source in video relevant to your work.
-How to find sources: if you can not find a source specifically on the artwork you chose, you can look for a source on another work of art by the same artist and see how the insights of the source apply to the artwork you chose. You can also look for sources that are about the context of your artwork, even if they do not discuss the artwork you are analyzing directly.
-Summarize your sources.
-Describe how one or more insights from your sources apply to the artwork you are analyzing.
-Discuss any ways you might disagree with the source or how you see the artwork you are analyzing challenging the arguments presented by the source.
-Find a way to integrate your description of the text with your discussion of the context. For example, if your source talks about how the green dots in the artwork reflect the brash color palette of the information age, then insert that observation into your paper right after your description of the green dots.
-Considerthe medium, content, and form in relation to the biographical, historical, cultural, and technological information you have gathered, what do you think the artwork means?
-Write out what you see as the connection between the text and the context and then write out what the artwork means based on that connection. (250 words)