Dancing in space

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These lesson activities focus on using the element of SPACE. Aspects of the element of SPACE explored in these lesson activities include:

• body shape
• level
• dimension
• floor and aerial patterns


Asymmetry inspires

Asymmetrical body shapes and groupings provide meaning for an audience. They suggest imbalance, expectation and tension. In this activity you will create asymmetrical shapes for dance and interpret their meanings. 

Asymmetrical shapes are body shapes that are different on each side of the centre line of the body.

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Image from Dancing in Space   

In dance, we tend to favour asymmetrical shapes because they are more dynamic and exciting.

Symmetry inspires

Symmetrical body shapes and groupings provide meaning for an audience. They suggest stability and harmony. In this activity you will create symmetrical shapes for dance and interpret their meanings. 

Symmetrical shapes are body shapes that are a mirror image on each side of the centre line of the body.

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Image by Add rien

In dance, we call shapes symmetrical if they are mainly symmetrical—they don't have to be exactly a mirror image.

Symmetry & asymmetry

There are many different types of body shapes you can consider when creating movement combinations. In this activity you will explore meaning in symmetrical and asymmetrical body shapes. 

Symmetrical shapes are body shapes that are a mirror image on each side of the centre line of the body.

Asymmetrical shapes are body shapes that are different on each side of the centre line of the body.

 

 

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Complementary & contrasting

There are many different types of body shapes you can consider when creating movement combinations. In this activity you will explore meaning in complementary and contrasting body shapes, then create a phrase and sequence of movement. This activity deals with the use of complementary and contrasting shape in duos, but the concepts can be applied to solos and groups as well.

Complementary shapes are body shapes that are similar to each other, and therefore are harmonious, or go together well.

Contrasting shapes are body shapes that are different to each other. Using contrasting shapes can create interest and diversity in dance.

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Exploring body shapes

A good way to create original dance movements is to begin by making interesting body shapes, then linking them with transitional movements. There are infinite shapes and combinations! In this exercise you will use four images as stimulus for making body shapes, then explore logical ways to link them together.

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Image from La Mort du Cygne Ted Shawn in Cosmic Dance of Siva during Ziegfield Follies TourImage from La Mort du Cygne Bliss Dance, Burning Man 2010

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Look carefully at each of the images above. Consider how the body is placed in each image. What lines or shapes are created by the body? Are they closed or open shapes? Are they angular or curving shapes? What ideas or feelings do these images evoke?