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WGU-Visual Arts 5

WGU-Dance & Critical Thinking

Choreography Formal composition of dance into a meaningful whole, expressing a theme, narrative, or emotion
Ritual Dance Possessing spiritual, religious, ceremonial, symbolic, or magical value
Social Dance Dance with communal, recreational, & social function
Theatre Dance Conceived purely as art & intended to be performed before an audience
Force Amount of energy exerted as dancers perform; movements performed with different amount of force evokes different moods & feelings
Dynamics Describes variety of force & energy expended over time & increases the variety & interest of a dance
Movement Quality Percussive movements: start & stop abruptly, giving sharp definition between positions; sustaining movements: fluid, organic motions as they move from one pose to another
Positive/Negative Audience visualizes the dancer as "positive" space carving through "negative" space of the dancers setting
Focus Choreography directs viewers focus to focal points
Levels Refers to dancers body's relationship to the floor
Symmetry/Asymmetry Principle governing placement of dancers bodies; symmetry: stability & security, asymmetry: stimulation & excitement
Relationships Human: reciprocal actions that mirror human interactions; movement: based on visual qualities
Measurement Mechanical: clocks, metronome, rhythm; natural: heartbeats, breathing, muscle contractions
Tempo/Duration Tempo is speed of dance or speed at which timing is set to measure beats; duration is length of time it takes to perform an action
Compositional Elements Movement, phrase, combination, performance; choreography makes up composition
Compositional Forms “AB” is simple 2 part form, "ABA" form adds complexity; “narrative” form arranges movements & props to tell a story, abstract” form evokes emotional response from the viewer
Positioning Dancers position on stage & in relation to each other is important in contributing to meaning & mood
Improvisation Dancers personal expression
Content Literal: dancers use recognizable movements; non-literal: abstract movements for visual impact rather than narrative
Lighting Used more intensely to show mood than in theatre; directs audience to certain stage areas
Theatrical Elements Costumes & props that do not take away form the dance movements
Music & Sound Sets rhythm & establishes mood; also ambient noises
Folk Dance Ritual dance, transmitted to each succeeding generation by demonstration; source of ethnic & national pride
Court Dance Embraced by the aristocracy of Europe, refined, less robust or active, strictly prescribed & highly stylized
Ballet Classical form, features staged presentation of group or solo dancing with music, costumes, scenery, & narrative story
Modern Dance Movement with out inhibition; natural, spontaneous & free, performed barefooted
Jazz Dance Movements & gestures inspired by jazz
Jazz Dance Tap Dance
Jazz Dance Swing Dance
Jazz Dance Boogie-Woogie
Jazz Dance Cakewalk
Jazz Dance Charleston
Jazz Dance Jitterbug
Jazz Dance Break Dancing
Jazz Dance Hip Hop
Court Dance Allemande
Court Dance Courante
Court Dance Sarabande
Court Dance Gigue (Jig)
Court Dance Passepied
Court Dance Bourree
Court Dance Pavane
Court Dance Gavatte
Court Dance Galliard
Court Dance Muneut
Arabesque Classical ballet pose in which the body is supported on one leg & other leg is extended behind with knee straight
Virtuoso Display of impressive technique or skill
Mise en scene Elements of ballet production: sets, scenery, props, costumes, makeup lighting, & special effects
En pointe Ballet skill of dancing on tip toes
Pirouette Ballet; a slow turn on one leg, standing en pointe
Fouette Ballet; a fast spin on one leg, driven by the whipping motion of the other leg
Entrechat Ballet; a jump straight upward, changing the position of the feet while airborne
Jeté Ballet; a leap, pushing off from one leg and landing on the other
Arabesque Ballet; a position, standing on one leg with the other leg extended straight backward
Attitude Ballet; a position, standing on one leg with the other leg extended backward with the knee bent
Tour Ballet; a turn
Saute Ballet; a jump
Battement Ballet; a kick
Pas Ballet; a step, or a dance
Pas de deux Ballet; a "dance for two," or duet
Pas seul Ballet; a "dance alone," or solo
Formal Criticism Only looks at the things you see (or hear) in the work of art or music; the "elements" that make up the piece
Contextual Criticism Looks at the facts and information about the artist, the culture and history involved, the response to the artwork, and also considers an artist's cultural experiences
Structuralism Looks for the underlying myths and symbols that occur in artworks from various periods and tries to make connections with how artists use these symbols to communicate ideas; the relationship of these elements within the artwork to one another
Deconstruction Looks to take apart the underlying structure in an artwork and states that no single meaning or absolute truth can be derived from the artwork
Normative Value Set forth as norms or ideals or what ought to be
Intrinsic Value Value of an activity or object involving the immediacy of feeling; belonging to its essential nature or constitution
Extrinsic Value Applies to what is distinctly outside an activity or object; or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature
Created by: lpedro