Ghost: Dance and Woman Soloist Dances

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Ghost Dances

Choreographer: Christopher Bruce

Music: South American folk

In my essay I am going to discuss the six headings for Ghost Dancers. These include: dancers, video effects, set design, dance quality, costume and lighting effects.

Ghost Dances is choreographed by Christopher Bruce. It was created in 1981 and it is about the innocent people who suffered in Chile. It gives the message across that it doesn't matter how much you knock someone down if they have the ability to get up again, they still remain with dignity.

Altogether there are eleven dancers. There are three ghosts who are male dancers, one female soloist, four "innocent" women and four "innocent" men. The innocent men are people of society their costumes show that they are in classes (first, second, third and fourth). The dancers have equality in their roles the male always lifts the female when the people of society are dancing together. In the first section when the ghosts are dancing, they dance in succession, unison and cannon. There is a lot of contact, repetition and partner work whilst the other ghost is dancing in a solo. When the people of society begin to dance the four males are dancing in unison the women are in the background also dancing in unison. The ghosts come and take over and knock the men down and hold the women up so they look like hanging bodies. In the third section the woman soloist dances and then a man comes and they support each other there is a lot of partner work and the man always lifts the woman. The next section is when a soloist male is dancing he always keeps his hands behind his back and there is the four innocent women dancing in a group in unison in the background. He partners each woman in turn and stops to watch them dance. Motifs/key movements that relate to what the dance is about are used throughout the dances and are then modified and extended to help create unity. An example of one of the motifs which is used throughout nearly every...
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