Swansong by Christopher Bruce

Joshua Bastow
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GCSE Dance (swansong ) Mind Map on Swansong by Christopher Bruce, created by jibjb2000 on 17/01/2015.

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Swansong by Christopher Bruce
1 Facts
1.1 Styles
1.1.1 Tap Movement Examples Ball Change
1.1.2 Jazz Movement Examples Hand Movements Kicks
1.1.3 Ballet Movement Examples Plie Jete
1.1.4 Contemporary Movement Examples Rolls Lifts
1.2 Stimulus
1.2.1 Amnesty International Movement Examples Being pulled of the chair Being pushed Tipped upside down on the chair Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights
1.2.2 'A Man' by Oriana Fallaci Movement Examples Hanging him upside down on the chair A Man is a novel written by Oriana Fallaci chronicling her relationship with the attempted assassin of Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
1.2.3 Comedia Dell arte Movement Examples Putting on a red nose Comical Performance when tapping Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. The closest translation of the name is “comedy of craft
1.3 Dancers
1.3.1 3 Dancers Victim (Typically male but has been played by a female 2 Interrogators or Military figures (These are played by male characters
1.4 Structure
1.4.1 7 Sections


  • For more information on Sections look at Swansongs Sections Section 1: Question and Answer Section 2: Tea for two Section 3: First Solo Section 4: Slow Trio Section 5: 2nd Victims Solo Section 6: Cane Dance Section 7: 3rd and Final Victims Solo
1.4.2 Episodic Structure Episodic structure is made up of a series of chapters or stories linked together by the same theme
1.5 Key information
1.5.1 Performed By: London Festival Ballet (Now called English National Ballet
1.5.2 Premiered: November 1987
1.5.3 Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Bruce
1.5.4 Lighting Designer: David Mohr
1.5.5 Composer: Philip Chambon
1.5.6 32 Minutes Long
1.6 Themes
1.6.1 Manipulation The guards use minpulation to show dominance over the character and that they are forcefully getting the answers out of him
1.6.2 Swans Swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. The phrase refers to an ancient belief that swans sing a beautiful song in the moment just before death, having been silent (or alternatively, not so musical) during most of their lifetime
1.6.3 Imprisonment Imprisonment is a key theme as the victim is in a cell where he his imprisoned for whatever wrong doing
1.6.4 Commedia Dell arte In Swansong there are a few comical actions this relates to this theme of Commedia Dell arte
2 Costumes
2.1 Interrogators
2.1.1 Accessories Peaked caps are put on in Section 2 'Tea for Two'
2.1.2 Features Colour Beige/Khaki Shirt A black belt Black shoes Texture The shirt is cotton Type of clothing The shirt is a collared shirt The shoes are tap shoes to make the taping noise
2.1.3 They were identical uniforms to help understand that these characters are working together
2.2 Victim
2.2.1 Accessories The interrogators put on a red nose in Section 2 'Tea for Two
2.2.2 Features Colour Blue Jeans Pink T-shirt Texture The jeans are denim Type of Clothing The T-shirt is a round neck
2.3 These costumes are realistic
3 Dance for Camera
3.1 Close-up
3.1.1 Where is it used? It is used at the start of Swansong for the victim
3.1.2 Relation to the narrative To show facial emotions To show he has no privacy
3.1.3 What is it? When it tightly frames a person or an object
3.2 Medium Shot
3.2.1 Where is it used? Section 1: Q and A: When guards are either side of the victim
3.2.2 Relation to the Narrative Shows costumes Show levels Shows eye connection
3.2.3 What is it? When the subject is in the middle distance, permitting some of the background to be seen
3.3 Long Shot
3.3.1 Where is it used? Section 1: Q and A: When the guards entre
3.3.2 Relation to the Narrative To show the entrance of the interrogators Shows movement
3.3.3 What is it? Taken at a relatively great distance from the subject and permitting a broad view of a scene
4 Aural Setting
4.1 Silence
4.1.1 Swansong starts in silence and there is also in silence in Section 4: Slow Trio
4.1.2 Silence is used to create a tense atmosphere
4.2 Electronic Music
4.2.1 Electronic music in this piece is expressed as loud crashes these create tension and agression
4.3 Found Sound
4.3.1 Found sound sound is music created by the dancer
4.3.2 Found sounds helps you understand that the interrogators and the victim are talking
5 Physical Setting
5.1 Staging
5.1.1 There chair in the middle of the stage (However this turns into a prop once used)
5.2 Props
5.2.1 Chair Used to Symbolise Prison Bars This is shown by putting the chair in front of his face A Weapon Being tipped upside down on the chair Pushed down on the victim Pushing the chair into the faces of the interrogators A Shield Hugging the chair to stop the canes A Safe Haven Repeatively going back to the chair Taken away from him
5.2.2 Cane
5.3 Set design
5.3.1 Proscenium Arch It is we usually think of as a "theatre". Its primary feature is the Proscenium, a "picture frame" placed around the front of the playing area of an end stage.
5.3.2 Black Box Black Cyclorama Black Dance floor Black Tabs Gives an impression of a dark cell and movement can focused on with no other visual distractions
5.3.3 Lighting Shaft of Light It first appears in the victim solo from Up Stage Left (USL), the victim directs his movement to this light This shows his seeking freedom The Light symbolises hope and salvation It appears at the end when the victim exit from USL This could like to the tittle, his last movement leaving to heaven and gaining freedom form the quard Overhead Light Is put ont the chair in Section 1: Q and A highlighting the chair Used to suggest claustrophobia, confined to a small place White wash The white wash fills the stage when the guards entre in Section 1: Q and A The helps you see the whole stage and exaggerating the 'black box'
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