Jardi Tancat (By Nacho Duato) 1983 (Enclosed Garden)


Mind Map on Jardi Tancat (By Nacho Duato) 1983 (Enclosed Garden), created by katemarning on 09/28/2013.
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Jardi Tancat (By Nacho Duato) 1983 (Enclosed Garden)
    1. Movement
      1. Contemporary and classical training base (influences such as Jiri Kylian, Alvin Ailey, Mats Ek). Also features traditional Spanish Dance movements (such as feet stomping in Flamenco)
      2. Spatial Elements
        1. Body shapes- hunched, bent backs, imitating reaping/sowing of farmers Medium levels- hardship. Higher levels- couple dance/male trio, overcoming the difficulties of farming life (elevations). Grouping- all dancers 'working'. Male and female partners- working together, a support in the individual relationships.
        2. Dynamics
          1. - Reaching/looking up- hope, praying for good crop/rain, faith- sustained, suspended movements. - Hunched back/slumped over- hardship, working on the land- heavy collapsing. - Ploughing/scooping/digging- working on land- collapsing and greater use of weight
          2. Circling motion/motif- cyclical, never ending, combining all body parts, working in and out, daily life. Spatial pathways, circular. No start, no end to hardships of life on farming land. Cyclical nature of the seasons, of the day. Generational cyclical nature
            1. Aural Elements
              1. Spanish/Catalan Music. Maria Del Mar Bonet. Romantic Spanish poems- enforces subject matter. Duato is dependent on music. Percussive movements, reinforces Spanish background.
              2. Dancers
                1. 3 male, 3 female. Group dances, couples, male and female trios and mother/daughter trio. All expressing various experiences, group dependency, sense of community to find hope in despair. Others assisting others in times of hardship (men, and mother/daughter duo)
                2. Setting
                  1. Use of stick fence props- 'enclosed garden'. This encloses the dancers into a space, restricting them from the whole stage. Representing the restriction they feel in life due to the farming life. Also sets the scene and reinforces the subject matter.
                3. ORGANIZING THE DANCE
                  1. Work has use of motif repetition- symbolic of pain, cyclical nature of such, and farming life and suffering. Dance structure- cyclical (starts out at morning/ends at night, shown through use of lighting, dawn-dusk). Transitions- various sections represent various relationships. Cyclical motif repetition, reaping, all tie into various sections (changing duos etc) this creates a unifying thread. Through repetition, choices of lighting and costume (females having same dress type but different colours, males different colour shirt- same but varied experience) and use of music, unity is created.
                  2. INTERPRETATION OF THE WORK
                    1. Context: The Spanish Civil War (1800's). Oppression of the Catalan (Catalonia) Country. Hardships of the economy. The Spanish Government only depicting Spain in a certain way (bullfights) not actually addressing all cultural aspects of it, especially Catalonian farming life.
                      1. Genre: Classical/contemporary and Spanish/folk training.
                        1. Subject matter: the hardships of rural/farming life, particularly of that in Spain. The cyclical nature of hardship
                          1. Significance: work is important and seminal as it showcases the different unadvertised side to Catalonian folk life. It was Nacho Duato's first work, shows Spain in a different light to Civil War/dictatorship. Showcases the ongoing culture of Spain. Showcases the hardships of rural life, which are still, and will always be, relevant as it is dependent on the ever changing state of the land.
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