Perfect revision guide

motionhouse company

key information

  • premiere - January 2005
  • choreographer - Kevin Finnan & the company
  • Accompaniment - Sophy Smith & Tim Dickinson
  • Set Design - Simon Dormon
  • Costumes - Claire Armitage
  • Lighting - Mark Parry
  • Film - Caroline Bridges
  • Key features - sand, props (eg. rakes & watering cans), video projection, slings
  • Dancers - contact work, partially hidden
  • projection - shows dancers aging, time passing
  • themes - time, space, nurturing

Sand motif

Actions

  • Start kneeling on floor & facing front
  • Slide right arm forward using body (1)
  • Slide right arm back (2)
  • Slide right arm in wide inwards circle (3)
  • Throw right arm behind straight & look back (4)
  • Slide right arm in wide inwards circle (5, 6)
  • Slide right arm in 2 small inwards circles (7, 8)
  • Lean onto right arm (1)
  • Step left foot onto toes, step right foot behind right arm and join with left foot, end kneeling diagonally left (2, 3)
  • Get into shoulder stand

Shadows analysis

ASDR

  • 2 dancers - some contact work
  • unison
  • contrast in dynamics - sharp & soft
  • linear pathways
  • male dancer - high level
  • female dance - mostly low level
  • some travel, mainly on the spot - the shadow travels most
  • actions - turn, travel, lift, stillness, arm gestures, contracting & extending gestures

Set, Lighting & Costume

  • black dresses, knee length, neck line differs, no shoes, no accessories
  • white shirt, black trousers, no shoes, no accessories
  • shadows - possibly the male & female dancers in the past
  • projection & gauze
  • neutral, bright wash of light
  • transition to next section - lights fade out and back up again
  • box set
  • ladders
  • metal cage/frame
  • sand on floor
  • gauze - black strip near bottom

Accompaniment

  • saxophone
  • bongo drums
  • brass instruments e.g. trumpet
  • upbeat
  • jazzy
  • Egyptian sounding
  • un-nerving
  • dark mood
  • compliments dynamics

Other details

  • shadows represent past
  • notion of memories
  • relationships
  • rejection

Legs motif

Actions

  • start standing front with feet together
  • jump
  • jump & flick out right leg &face diagonally left
  • cross right leg
  • step out left leg
  • join right foot to left
  • reverse devlope left leg
  • reverse devlope right leg ending with foot crossed in front
  • turn out
  • split leap right ending facing back

legs analysis

ASDR

  • jumps, hops, skips, pointed toes, flicks, walking, shuffling
  • linear pathways - left and right
  • levels
  • sharp, bouncy, springy, fast, energetic
  • unison
  • mini solos and duets
  • cluster
  • 3 dancers

Set, Lighting & Costumes

  • bare legs, no shoes
  • sand
  • down stage on show only
  • gauze/screen - paper ripped away
  • pool of yellow light

Accompaniment

  • bongo drums/steel pan
  • African sounds
  • Repetitive beat
  • Up beat
  • fast - increasing speed
  • lively/playful
  • direct correlation
  • guiro and maracas

Extra Details

  • the idea that we read into what isn't there
  • perceptions
  • girl running away?
  • girl being forced
  • assume slings are lifting up dancers

Solo Motif

Actions

  • start facing front with hands on heart
  • low circular spring
  • turn to back diagonal left
  • run, left, right, left, right
  • step kick & jump turning to an arabesque
  • lean to back right
  • step ball change
  • wait, step ball change
  • slide left leg out and go down

Wendy's solo analysis

ASDR

  • circular spring, leaps, crouches, jumps, squats, lunges, arm gestures
  • sharp dynamics
  • moments of stillness
  • upstage
  • constant change of levels
  • travel
  • no interaction with other dancers

Set, Lighting & Costume

  • black dress, no shoes, no accessories, high neck line
  • dim yellow light fades to a natural pool upstage
  • gauze brought forwards & purple/blue pattern of light projected
  • lights: warm - cold
  • black out in front of gauze
  • sand
  • gauze being moved by ropes
  • box set - metal frame & infrastructure, benches & ladders

Accompaniment

  • synthesiser, keyboard, strings, guitar & harp
  • slow tempo
  • eerie and spooky mood
  • high pitch
  • repetitive

Extra Details

  • gauze acts like a wave of emotion which the dancer is trapped behind
  • duet in her imagination
  • memories
  • distraught, sad, confused, suffering
  • down stage future
  • up stage past

Rakes

Actions

  • face diagonal left, jazz fourth with arms in front
  • peel right arm up to diagonal
  • peel back down
  • half step ball change
  • tendu left leg behind and jump in arabesque
  • step back on left & turn to face front in neutral
  • swing arms left

Rakes analysis

ASDR

  • start in unison
  • 2 duets
  • fast/strong/sharp
  • slow/sensitive/soft/flowing
  • contact work - rake
  • balances, leans, lifts, counterbalances, turns, jumps
  • throwing rake/raking sand
  • 1/2 stage space each
  • violent couple travel - running

Set, Lighting & Costume

  • black dress, knee length different neck lines, no shoes
  • white shirt, no shoes, black trousers
  • box set - benches, ladders & gauze ( at back)
  • sand
  • prop - rake
  • neutral pool of light
  • at the back three purple lights
  • intensity strong stage right, less stage left
  • lights dim to dark orange/purple at end

Accompaniment

  • string instruments - violin, cello, guitar
  • tambourine
  • repetitive slow beat
  • deep tone
  • tension/calm
  • synthesiser

Extra Details

  • aggressive couple & nurtured couple
  • man left by his self with mound of sand
  • sand - memories/baby
  • tension/calm - represents 2 different couples
  • Wendy makes sand moulds whole time - represents difficult times in a relationship/babies