Orchesis Intercity Dance Company
Instructor: Laurie Merriman
WRITTEN DANCE CRITIQUE GUIDELINES
THE DANCE CONCERT CRITIQUE SHOULD BE TYPED OR WORD-PROCESSED USING DOUBLD SPACING AND SHOULD BE APPROXIMATELY TWO PAGES IN LENGTH.
YOUR CRITIQUE SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN PARAGRAPH FORM, NOT IN OUTLINE FORM, PLEASE.
GRADING WILL BE BASED UPON CONTENT AS WELL AS ACCEPTED GUIDELINES FOR A WELL WRITTEN PAPER (such as grammar, spelling, word choice, and so forth).
Please discuss the following in your
the performance space; the date of the performance or viewing)
(including the performers/Company
; the performance space; the date of the performance or viewing)
Although each piece within any given concert should be mentioned in some respect, two or three of
these pieces within the concert should be written about specifically following the criterion listed
A. The Choreographic Concept
the mood, idea, theme of the dance, as you
understand the performance.
· Do not use program notes in writing this section.
do you feel was the overall intent of the
choreographer creating this dance?
· Was the theme fairly literal, or more abstract?
· What draws you to your conclusions?
B. The Choreographer's Tools
1. Space: focus, levels, range, directions, floor
patterns, volume and density.
2. Time: tempo, rhythm
3. Force: quality, dynamics, unison, contrast
style, forms, structure, movements,
use of dancers.
(Quality of the dancers' technique; Dancers' use of projection and conviction in performance;
Dancers' ability to change roles from one dance or section of a dance to another.
Describe the effectiveness of the theatrical elements in relationship to each dance.
B. Lighting Design
C. Music or sound accompaniment
D. Sets and/or props (if any)
August 17, 2012
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