Meteor & Ruptured Silence Study Guide
Meteor & Ruptured Silence Study Guide DANC 101 001
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Date Created: 12/04/15
PRODUCTION NOTES Meteor • 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) 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 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 • 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 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 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 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 *** 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 • 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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