By Jacqueline M. Smith-Autard

Dance composition – the self-discipline that interprets principles into dances – is a vital a part of dance schooling. This publication, a bestseller for over two decades, is a realistic consultant to artistic luck in dance making and is a well-liked textbook for all those who find themselves attracted to dance composition, from secondary institution to university.  This new version contains a DVD with video taken from Choreographic results, a groundbreaking complicated know-how source pack aimed toward comprehensively enhancing scholars' choreography. The booklet has been revised, redesigned and elevated. connection with the DVD examples are made during the publication and new assignments in line with the video fabric are included.

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The movement or movement phrase which evolves in this way may be a suitable starting point for the composition process. In evaluating this matter, the composer may use one or more of the following criteria: 1. the movement has meaning and relevance to the idea for the dance 2. the movement is interesting and original in action, dynamics and spatial patterning 3. the movement has potential for development This evaluation pre-supposes considerable knowledge of both material and form, 39 Dance composition a knowledge which is acquired through experience.

This outer shell, or constructional frame, is the outstanding feature which supports the inner arrangement of its components. Having seen a dance, the viewer does not remember each and every movement or their order. Rather, the impression of the whole is remembered; its shape, whether it rounded off as it began, the excitement of the development into the climaxes, the main message it conveyed and how original and interesting was the overall impact. So the composer has two main tasks. Simultaneously and with artistic awareness he/she should: 1.

2. Interpretations: • something to do with religious confession – the confessing person feels shame, prays, shows humility, reverence and confidence in receiving forgiveness • something to do with confessing a feeling of love – the confessing 24 The material content person feels guilty and afraid yet joyful in the revelation of a hitherto hidden feeling of love • something to do with a penitent criminal feeling remorse, shame, selfpity and a dawning of hope in anticipation of freedom The composer might have had one of these ideas in mind.

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