During these few weeks, we are studying about movements and we were assigned to investigate the movements that a famous dancer and film actor Gene Kelly uses. We watched his video called “Singing in the rain” which is known all over the world. Here is the video.
Today, I would like to be talking about 4 things which are props, rhythm, expression and moving through space in the video.
Props: Mainly, Gene Kelly was using an umbrella. There were other props such as hats and others but I think the main focus is the umbrella. Gene Kelly used it very effectively by swinging, spinning it around and using it in varies ways. He used it as a pole too. Even as a guitar too. He also gave away his umbrella to other people. He kept on throwing his umbrella and flipping it. It shows him very emotional, entertaining and other positive things. He is also very kind and especially open-minded. He is opening up himself. All though he was fooling around with the umbrella and got caught by police. Another prop he used was his hat. He bowed with him taking his hat off in the old times. Also his tap dancing shoes. He tap danced in the rain swinging his umbrella happily. He would never stop smiling.
Rhythm: I think the rhythm was great! It was all in great shape. It never lost its balance. Gene Kelly danced to the rhythm and jumping, skipping and doing other stuff. There was some slow and fast movements but still it matched the song very well. I liked it.
Expression: When Gene Kelly was dancing, he was relaxed and had a happy expression on his face. There were expression such as him falling in love. His emotions were very gentle and during that time, he was moving very slowly. He was drifting all over the place. He was smiling to the sky too. Showing himself very thrilled.
Moving through space: Gene Kelly never stopped moving. He kept on going on and on along the streets singing and dancing. He spins all around the streets kicking the puddles in different directions. It seems he didn’t really care if he got himself soaking wet. There were also parts when he climbed a pole. He was so thrilled, he got too excited and started doing movements that people usually don’t do in the rain. He was very hyperactive. It showed him as if he was at the center of the stage performing this whole scene figuratively. I think they needed o set up lots of space for Gene Kelly to move around.
In conclusion, I think the whole concept of this performance is he wanted to show us all is that thinking generally, normally rain is something negative to everyone. You can’t go outside and play around so its sad but Gene Kelly is telling us that rain sometimes can be fun. He was kicking the puddles and playing around with it. He was all wet but he didn’t care about it. In my opinion, I feel like he is saying. “Who cares if its raining? Go have some fun! Swing your umbrella! Feel the nature!” I really enjoyed watching it. It was very interesting and fun too watch. Especially very entertaining!