The Car Man Essay

742 Words Dec 14th, 2011 3 Pages
In the Matthew Bourne dance drama "The Car Man," the set takes place in the small town called Harmony around the 1960s. In Harmony the characters known as Dino the owner of Dino's diner and garage, his wife Lana, her sister Rita, Angelo, and Luca the drifter perform a dance sensation evolving around a small town filled with passion, violence and betrayal. The characters Luca and Lana stood out as the chemistry and steamy love affair between them intensifies during an intimate and energetic duet portraying a loose and flirtatious woman (Lana) who desperately seeks the attention of the Luca. The duet begins with Lana kneading dough on the table at the diner as she teases and flirts with the other workman from Dino's Garage. Lana dance …show more content…
Starting out unsure of each other the tables quickly turn as they become intimate and very passionate lovers pushing the wind in all level. Their movements entwine together becoming smaller in space and faster in time, like a speeding bullet showing the desires flaring between them. Luca and Lana energetic and intimate performance surprisingly caught my attention. The dance drama told a story of passion and betrayal as their body language and facial expressions with use of a smirk on someone face or a look created a clear image making each scene more and more interesting to watch. The set Matthew Bourne used in dance drama was effective and clever it works and tells a clear story of what's going on between characters. The table seems to be quite an important prop in this scene as it helps to tell the story showing how Lana works at the diner kneading dough on the table wearing apron. The table is also being used in other levels on stage as the lifts and body contact between Luca and Lana are done over and on top the table. The music and lighting are extremely important during this scene. The duet shows the change in focus of lighting and the elevating highs and lows in the sound of music in the atmosphere evolving around Luca and Lana exaggerated movements on and off center stage leading up to their passionate

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