“The Final Frontier” Post-performance discussion ideas
Thank you for attending Redd Legg Dance's “The Final Frontier.” To aid you in post-performance discussions, we have complied a list of focus questions as a jumping off point for discussion about space and the arts. Some are fairly basic and straightforward; others offer the opportunity to really delve into the deeper message of “The Final Frontier.” If, during your conversation, new questions arise, we would love to hear them.
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Thank you again for your support and we hope this sparks wonderful dialogue between viewers.
1. Which dance piece was your favorite and why?
Draw a picture of your favorite dance with you as the lead dancer!
2. How did the costume, music, and lighting design add to the performance?
What sorts of new information did you learn about space?
3. Music is an important part of a dance piece. When choreographers, or dance makers, create a piece, they often use music to inspire the movement. What music inspires you?
Choose three stylistically different pieces of music. Play each piece and see how your body wants to move. Did you move differently when the music was fast? Angry? Sad? Rock and roll?
4. The first dance piece is called Tramonto, which is Italian for “sunset.” In the video presentation, the speaker asked you to look for solar flares, solar winds, and sunspots. Could you see any movement that represented these things? What other elements of this dance reminded you of the sun?
5. In the video presentation, you heard the story of Orion vs. Scorpius . When you tell a story through dance, you no longer get to use words. It is then the choreographer's job to decide how they want to tell the story. They can choose to be literal in their telling, dressing one dancer as a scorpion and one as a hunter and acting out the whole story, or they can tell the story figuratively. Examples of figurative performance include, having two dancers interact with each other in an intense dance filled with strong movement or even in some silly way like a staring contest. In Redd Legg Dance's version of this story, the dancers never really told you who was the hunter and who was the scorpion, but you could tell they were battling each other. Which dancer did you think was Orion? How would you tell the story of Orion vs. Scorpius if you could not use words?
Take another short story (myth/fairytale/personal) and use dance to tell the tale. See if other people can figure out what story is being told.
6. What elements in the fourth piece, Gravity, helped illustrate, or show, Sir Isaac Newton's Gravitational Theory? How would you demonstrate gravity to someone? How do you think gravity effects dancer?
Write a poem about living in a place with no gravity.
7. In Redd Legg Dance's piece about Aliens, we used silly movement and costumes to depict our extra terrestrials. What would your aliens look like? How would your aliens move?
Make a dance for an alien.
8. The last piece, Universe, was filled with tons of movement. Our goal was to show how very many things make up the universe. What sorts of elements did you imagine while watching this piece?
9. If you had to choose your favorite and most exciting element of space, what would it be and why?