For this unit in Drama, we did a unit of studying dance for a few weeks. We were supposed to create a dance with a group of some people in our class, and by using a prop. Before creating the dance, we studied how to use the theater space, and the structures of dance as well. We also studied how to create rhythm, patterns, symmetry and emotion. Each group had an overall theme of their dance, and we were supposed to show what our theme was by the beat of the music, and how we danced in our dances. We choreographed each of our dances by using the skills we learned during class, and we added music that would suit our dance.
When we first produced our dance in front of our class, our classmates gave us feedback on how to improve our dances. Since the theme of our dance was an Japanese Myth, our group had a hard time creating the dance movements, and we weren’t very ready when we first showed it in front of our classmates. In our dance, we had a part where we pushed in Charlotte, one of my group members into a cave since the myth was like that. And while we were pushing Charlotte in, we were hurrying so it seemed rough. Most people said that they didn’t understand the theme of the story, and found the myth confusing, since our classmates didn’t know what the myth was about, and our group didn’t show the story well. We were also told that the rhythm of the music was confusing, and that we had to figure out who the drum was going to be played by.
Our group used all the feedback that we received from out classmates, and tried to make our dance better. We had a few problems since some of our group members wanted to change the whole entire story, and the dance. We fought over this for about two weeks, completely wasting time. But we somehow were able to get our dance ready in time by getting out some of the parts, for example the part where we were pushing Charlotte inside the cave, or the part where we had the drum. We also put some patterns in our dance by two people going up, and two people going down. We used our prop for swaying it up and down in the air, and we were also able to use the stage space by moving in lots of places. I don’t think there was any confusion in our dances, because we got all the parts that seemed confusing, and we didn’t exactly show what the myth was. I also think we had a good choice of music, and I liked the way the music stopped and went back on again.
Overall, I think my group did a good job on our dances, and I think each one us worked hard. I also thought that we listened to the feedback we got carefully, and we changed practically everything in our dance to make it less confusing, and more like a proper dance.