[April 27] Finding Gestures

What We Did

–  Exercise 1 ‘ Grid Work’

  • Divide the class into a group of people and each group stands at each corner of the square
  • The first set of 4 performers from 4 groups enter the grid, and it has to take 8 steps to get to the next destination whether the performers walk across, down, or even diagonally
  • Worked with music with a strong four-beat rhythm to start
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This exercise aims at building awareness of space and time(beat). Especially, when I walk in time to the music along the diagonal pathway, I had to adjust my steps to fit the longer distance. This adjustment has enabled me to stay focused and to be cognizant of space and time , which are basic elements not only of Pina Bausch’s work but also of Theatre.

– During the class, Sunhee, Irene and I reunited and discussed our performance that would be presented on Thursday. Music:

Merry Go Round Life (Howl's Moving Castle Theme) - Joe Hisaishi

Inspirational Gestures  Gestures

The Gang-gang-sul-lae was unanimously selected as one of our group’s gesture because, Gang-gang-sul-lae is regarded as the dance choreographed exclusively for women. This dance contains feminism within its move and floor patter. Though we are in a group of 3 people, we expected that we could create a interesting circular shape.
  • Korean Fan Dance
Inspired from Korean Traditional Fan dance, a fan would be a great prop to depict submissiveness or empowerment of women, as Mrs.Mor mentioned us.
  • Gi-saeng Dance
Hwang-jini, the most famous Korean Gi-saeng, was depicted in Korean literature, TV show, musical and so on. We would like to include her choreograph which emphasizes the aesthetics of lines.
  • A Buddist dance

Seung-mu, a Buddist dance, is usually performed by a female monk. It was captivating to note that a dancer who dances Seung-mu is relatively older than Gi-seang. Also the dancer wear an attire with a simple color scheme and exaggerated make-up. I would like to steal the movement from Seung-mu, however, Irene suggested to exclude Seung-mu since we included a lot of Korean Traditional Movements so far. We, therefore, agreed not to select Seung-mu, in order to balance out Korean Traditional Dances, Pina Bausch’s performances and Contemporary movements.

  • The rite of Spring: Opening Scene
    • Four Seasons:  Depicting 4 seasons using gesture tons and tons 
      Spring: sun -> Summer: Hand Fanning -> Fall: Portray leaves -> Winter: shivering arms

  • Hand-holding
  • Repetition in cannon
  • Miss.Korea

Suggested by Sunhee, We’ve stolen the typical pose for Miss.Korea Pageant winners. The basic pose is putting left hand on your waist and holding up and waving a right hand.

  • Korean Traditional Couple Dance

In the Korean traditional Couple dance ‘Gabdol&Gabsoon’, a male dancer dances as “Gab-dol” and a female dancer dances as “Gab-soon”. This is a dance that women’s shyness is noticeable, so we included it. Even though we do not have partner dancer, we’ve decided to pretend that the audience is our partner.

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