DANCEPLUS PERFORMANCE CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Write a 1000 word paper and submit the paper no later than the due date. See submission instructions below.
1. Do not number your answers or answer these questions as they are presented, in this order, in your paper. Instead, refer to your notes as a guide to help you organize your ideas regarding the performance.
2. Use a 12 point font and put your name on every page of your paper.
3. Use spell/grammar check. Writing skills count!
Critical Analysis Writing Elements:
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I. INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH – PROVIDE CONTEXT
A. Theater Space:
1. Name the theater and describe the type of stage/theater architecture used.
2. How did this theater type affect the performance and the audiences reception of the work?
B. Dance Work Information
1. List Title OF 1 WORK ON PROGRAM. Be sure to use italics for the title of all choreographies.
2. List name(s) of choreographer(s) for the piece. PLEASE: DO NOT INCLUDE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FROM PROGRAM.
3. Describe why you chose this ONE WORK to write about. How did the work engage you? Emotionally? Visually? Kinetically? Intellectually?
II. ANALYSIS ELEMENTS
A. CAST DEMOGRAPHIC
1. What was the size of the cast?
2. Who danced – men, women, in solos, duets, trios or larger groups?
3. How were perceived gender, body type/disability, ethnic/cultural origin or nationality important?
B. MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION
1. Use body, time, space and energy to describe the movement in the piece.
2. Use strong action verbs that describe the action. Avoid generic verbs like: move, moving, dance, run, walk, he or she goes. Instead, be creative and vivid in your descriptions of movement to help the reader understand the qualities and moods evoked by the choreography. . If the choreography is a ballet, or is representative of ballet, please use appropriate codified vocabulary to the extent possible.
3. Use strong adverbial modifiers (-ly words) such as softly, aggressively etc. You can also use similes: for example, He jumped like a cat
C. LIGHTING: (Be sure to include changes in lighting throughout the work)
1. Describe colors and location of lighting used throughout the work.
2. Describe the mood(s) created by the lighting choices.
D. COSTUMES/PROP(S)/ACCESSORIES:
1. Describe costumes (including various levels of body reveal)
2. Is the movement or fitting of costume important?
3. Discuss any implied historical time period, class or status, ethnicity or cultural affiliation.
4. Describe any props and accessories.
E. SOUND SCORE:
1. Describe the types of sound used in this work:
a. Music? Identify the instruments
b. Ambient sounds?
c. Intentional uses of silence?
d. Non-textual verbal expression?
e. Use of text/vocals/chant/singing?
2. Name mood(s) created by the sound.
3. Discuss any implied historical time period, class or status, ethnicity or cultural affiliation.
F. TECHNOLOGY
1. Other than sound and lighting equipment, was any other kind of technology used in the piece?
2. If so, how did the technology impact your experience?
G. ADDITIONAL CRITICAL CONNECTIONS
1. How can you connect this dance to content from our course?
2. Was there a social or political message?
3. Did you see elements that were characteristic of a particular culture or which placed the dance in a specific historical or cultural context?
IV. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION – CONSIDER ALL OF THE ANALYSIS ELEMENTS ABOVE
1. What is your interpretation of the dance? What was the intent of the choreographer? In other words, what message or story did the choreographer leave you with?
2. Use the analysis elements as evidence and connect them to your conclusions. Keep in mind that there can be many interpretations of the same work. There is no wrong interpretation/conclusion.

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