Evening Of Dance Performance Analysis

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The collections of works shown in the Evening of Dance performance were very engaging. The three Booker T. Washington ensembles: World Repertory Ensemble, Repertory Dance Company 1, and Repertory Dance Company 2 were all able to convey the ideal emotions and create a visceral reaction. World Repertory Ensemble’s piece “Sofa” a traditional African performance choreographed by Moussa Diabate started the concert, the end of the first act was Repertory Dance Company 2’s “9/Tenths of the Law” a very unpredictable piece choreographed by Andy Noble, and the piece that separated these particularly upbeat and climatic works was Repertory Dance Company 1’s elegant performance of “Concerto Six Twenty-two – 1st Movement” originally choreographed by Lar …show more content…
As the thrill of World Repertory Ensemble’s dance faded a calm atmosphere began to settle. The first notes of the W. A. Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra” K #622 Movement #1 begin to be heard the curtain rises and eight dancers appear in a circle, four males and four females. As the Music continues the dancers travel in a circle with very balletic movements taking turns to partner in the center. Partnering in this dance doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a man and a woman dancing together, throughout the work there are duets between men, women, and men and women. After the circle breaks into two parts and exits the stage there is four very proper and mannerly duets. When the duets finish the circle begins again, but this time the movements are less careful and reflect more of a modern technique, but only slightly. This idea intensifies through the end of this circle portion and the next set of duets, but when the dancers return to the circle for a final time the moves become just as controlled as in the beginning. In the middle portion of the dance many ideas that contradict the balletic ideals are shown, for example, there are flexed feet, bent knees, and lots of spine curvature. This dance created a calming mood between the powerful opening dance and the startling work that ended the first …show more content…
Washington’s three dance ensembles created suspense between pieces and efficiently changed the mood between each work. The lively excitement of the African dance by World Repertory Ensemble’s lead to the calming elegance of Repertory Dance Company 1’s piece finally ending with the unanticipated drastic mood change that Repertory Dance Company 2’s dance created leaving an atmosphere of suspense for act two. Act one of the 2015 performance of the Evening of Dance was captivating, and through the progression of the night the importance of the order of the dances was

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