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In presque vu, how many black tutus are needed?

In presque vu, how many black tutus are needed?


School: University of South Carolina
Department: Dance
Course: Dance Appreciation
Professor: Cindy flach
Term: Fall 2015
Cost: 50
Name: Meteor & Ruptured Silence Study Guide
Description: Both production (Meteor and Ruptured Silence) notes.
Uploaded: 12/05/2015
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In presque vu, how many black tutus are needed?


• Melanin 

o Blue backdrop  

o Voiceovers about white on black crime/violence  

o Opens with one dancer downstage right – other dancers backstage left  o Black leotards/barefoot  

o All African American dancers

o Ends with voiceover about repenting/God (references to Emanuel  Church shooting)  

• Final Hours 

o Red backdrop

o Opens with 2 dancers (male/female) intertwined on the floor  o Pedestrian clothes/barefoot  

o Floor work (both) & breakdancing (male)

What color should be the backdrop in person not place or thing?

o Backdrop then fades to blue  

o Romantic/relationship tone; dancers embrace then push away then  embrace again repeatedly

o Ends with dancers backing away from one another off stage to the  wings

• Pillars: a work in progress

o Blue backdrop

o Square baskets/boxes on stage (props)  

o Dancers in black costumes (dresses) with yellow belts and white  socks We also discuss several other topics like Who is the daughter of epimetheus and pandora?

o Ends with one dancer walking/balancing across boxes jumping from  one to the other and is caught by other dancers at the end  

o Music stops for last portion of the dance and dancers continue in  silence

In common, how many girls will present in the beginning?

• Vasca

o Blue backdrop

o Black leotards/red tutus & dance slippers

o Classical music  

• Presque Vu

o Purple backdrop  

o 2 black tutus, 1 white tutu, 1 white dress, all black tights/leggings &  bare feet

o Ends with all dancers holding hands and running in a circle togheter  then lying down  

• The Mirror

o Black backdrop

o Opens with 2 boys/2 girls

o Girls in white dresses, boys shirtless & in pedestrian shorts – all in  dance slippers

o Other female dancers join – all white dresses

o Classical/instrumental music – female voice singing but no lyrics o 2 boys/1 girl solo – threw female in air & caught her (dance ends) • Common Don't forget about the age old question of What do you call a different form of a gene, a variation?

o Black backdrop

o Black velvet dresses with sheer stomach; bare foot

o 4 girls open at the beginning  

o Throughout dance, 2 girls enter and cross stage “connected” back to  back and at the head  

o Red backdrop develops & fades to orange

• Twenty One

o Backdrop is video projected of dancers faces and of them dancing (in  “night vision” filter)  

o Black leggings and earth tone shirts (red, blue, green, gray, purple);  barefoot  

o Blue overhead spotlights

o Backdrop then changes to red If you want to learn more check out What is schizotypal personality disorder?

o Video returns of dancers  

o Video then mirrors dancer @ front of stage  

o 2 male dancers  

o Fast paced, running motions  

• Person Not Place or Thing  

o Begins with voiceover about intelligence vs. beauty  

o Red backdrop

o Dancers in black skirts & earth tone shirts (red, green, grey); black  boots with heels

o Stomping, no music when opening

o Voiceovers and instrumental music begin (voiceovers of dancers  remembering childhood memories)  

o Took shoes off and continued dance in socks  

• Delivered

o Black backdrop

o Long, blue skirts & black tops (female) jeans/shirtless (male);  barefoot

o Light goes out during dance & comes back on single dancer o Spotlight on single female dancer while others dance behind  o Backdrop changes to blue  If you want to learn more check out Candle wax is made of?

o Dancers run under girl & boy like “bridge”

o Ends with “race” between male & female dancer

• Tangled in the Willows

o Black backdrop

o Blue sheer outfits/black socks

o Male dancer in full pedestrian outfit (pants, shirt, jacket, glasses,  shoes)

o Spotlights turn blue/return back to normal light

o Female dancer is the focus for most of the dance, floor work and  carried by other dancers Don't forget about the age old question of What is the study of how organisms interact with the environment?

*** The curtain is never closed/opened between dances. The method of marking the  end and then the beginning of the next dance is by turning all lights off between  dances. At the end of the entire production, curtain closes vertically down,  “guillotine” style.  

Ruptured Silence

• All dancers are African American except for one Caucasian (female) and  Hispanic (male)  

• No wings on side of stage; stage is entirely “open” to audience  • Curtain/drapes hung out in the audience to represent an extension of the  proscenium stage

• Props/set pieces on stage: traveller curtain, drapery/cloth hanging from  ceiling (representing “vines”) and wooden boxes

• Narrator (male) in white suit opens dance by instructing for “takeoff”  • Dancers run out from behind traveller curtain

• Costumes: leggings/pants, red/green/purple/blue “vest” shirts, dance  slippers  

• Projection on traveller curtain: waves, then pebble walls  

• Audio recording of German man listing demographics We also discuss several other topics like What is added in the reagent hbr?

• Confederate flag then projected on curtain and on projection screens out in  the audience (on either side of seating) as dancers dance to “Cotton-Eyed Joe” – narrator speaks during this

• Narrator seems cheerful about Cotton-Eyed-Joe originally, then grows angry  and screams “Cotton-Eyed-Joe” repeatedly before storming off stage through  traveler curtain

• Dancers continue without music then voiceover about the South begins, as  music plays softly with the words “a long time ago-“ repeating  

• Male & female perform duet to a different version of Cotton-Eyed-Joe • Female stays after male leaves – dances in place with heavy breathing (scene  ends)

• Chanting music begins – old, dead, black silhouette of a tree projected on  traveller curtain w/ white background  

• 3 male dancers (trio) dance and pose together at the end with different  “masculine” poses (scene ends)

• Narrator enters – carries box to center of stage while talking about race ~ a  rope tied in the shape of a noose lowers from the ceiling above the box

• Male dancer appears and jumps, tries to reach the noose; after trying  repeatedly to reach it and failing, he grabs his neck and pretends to be  suffocating (mimicking what a noose would do)  

• Stands back up and tries to jump and reach it again

• Narrator stands on box talking about slavery and race inequality as male  dancer dances

• White female dancer enters, puts box below the rope hanging from the  ceiling and male dancer (who was originally trying to reach it) stands on the  box and looks up at the rope while narrator speaks of his “family story” of  how his family was enslaved in SC; 4 brothers never saw one another again  after being sold into slavery; had children & they too were sold into slavery

• Family members projected on curtains as he tells this story • Duet between male & female

• 3 females dance to voiceover while slavery image (drawing) is projected on  screen and curtain = tells of stories of rape during war time (“white women  were raped too, but black women had it the worst”)

• Narrator crosses stage silently & returns talking about Lincoln’s election – writes in diary with big yellow crayon (stage goes black and single spotlight  on him)  

• Orders male dancer to return boxes to original place

• Tree projected on curtain – confederate flag on side screen  • “Video ranger message” about fighting racism  

• Lights come on – dancers begin clapping – audience is directed (by narrator  acting as “gameshow host” to read quotes from queue cards in their “best  confederate voice”; talks about how confederates want “Credit”)   o Cailtin – Ignore it  

o Nick – I don’t bring it up  

o Ben – It’s never going to go away

o James – We can agree to disagree  

o Ari – we took it down off the state capital – give us credit for  something  

o Anna Sophia – I identify with it, but I don’t oppress anyone  o Megan – My granddaughter is black and I love her  

o Bailey – we know about it, you don’t  

o Travis – its my heritage  

o Amber – it’s f-ed up  

o Christopher – they have it on their trucks too  

• By end of “game show”, all 6 dancers on stage had fallen “dead” because of  the quotes (“words matter”)  

• Voice over begins about SC murders (Lindsay Graham) as one of the 6 dancer  begins piling the “dead” dancers on top of one another  

• Moves pile upstage and continues relocating them as Lindsay Graham  voiceover continues – excerpts of speech after Charleston shootings and  other white on black SC crime

• Female dancer in big skirt dances behind curtain w/ no music – repeating  hand motions  

• Q & A Session  

o Audience directed to focus on perspective & experience of the  production, not on outside isssues  

o What was the meaning of dragging dancers across stage?

▪ Dead bodies represent circle of events continuing to happen – the gameshow represented “will we ever wake up to reality?  

this isn’t a game”

▪ To Jade – process when repeating movements?  

• Thadeus was her inspiration for choreography  

• In creating choreography, make 5 phrases and  

deconstruct them – cotton eyed Joe – arms were  

mimicking legs  

o Thadeus – “duality of heritage and antebellum life – we often forget  black people were in the antebellum period & their role during that  time”

o Tanya – delicateness is often reserved for white women so they  wanted to portray black women as delicate as well

▪ Retrograding – do phrase forwards then backwards

o Thadeus – Male trio? Supposed to be same character?

▪ I don’t know… showing “masculine” man  

o What did props hanging from ceiling represent?

▪ “Southern vines”

o Black, white, and Mexican dancers were supposed to represent the  universality of the violence issue  

o Plethora of movements/dance styles – not just one style of dance  (ballet as base)  

o Why use traveller curtain vs. cyc or scrim?  

▪ Original idea was to have the audience on stage but because of  fire code (100 ppl. on stage only – including dancers) they  

couldn’t do that – so they tried to “extend” the stage to the  

seating by putting the curtains in the audience and taking  

wings and backdrop down- wanted less formal space

o Why not reference civil rights era?

▪ Thadeus – Confederate flag didn’t stop @ civil rights era;  

inspiration for work was trip to Myrtle Beach with wife – it was  “white bikers weekend” and confederate flags were hung

everywhere – returned months later & bikers gone but flags  

still there  

o Was tree symbolic?

▪ Moss & vines hang from and kill trees

o Narrator – native south Carolinian

▪ “Beautiful ugly” – Haley’s speech (thought it was offensive) o Jade – scared when coming to Columbia b/c of racism

o Mindy – this dance was “best thing that ever happened to me”

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