Friday, June 02, 2017

GCSE Dance Year 11 Written Exam Revision List


Professional Dance Works – Documents attached to help you

·         You must know the name of two professional dance works and the choreographer
Still Life at the Penguin CafĂ© – David Bintley
Nutcracker! – Matthew Bourne

·         For both of these works you will need to be able to:

Describe:
A motif – actions/space/dynamics/relationships
2 costumes
2 sections of lighting
The aural setting/accompaniment (the music or sound)
The staging/performance space
The set design – backdrops, projections, scenery
Any props
The theme of the dance
The starting point or inspiration for the dance
The structure of the dance
The style of dance
The choreographic style
The use of the camera in the dance

**Page 115 – 126 in your GCSE Dance textbook will help you**
Analyse:

What?
Why?
Who?
How?
Because…

**Use your white contribution booklet**
Example:
Describe a costume:
 In Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! The female Liquorice Allsorts dancer wears a black glossy corset with very thin vertical white stripes, and a black Spanish style mid length skirt. The skirt is embroidered with large Liquorice Allsorts sweets and has a pink lining. She wears a black bolero style jacket with a pink lining. This has small Liquorice Allsorts sweets attached to it. She wears black Flamenco shoes with a heel. Her hair is black and slicked down to her head in a wavy pattern that emulates strings of Liquorice.

Example:
Explain how the costume contributes to the piece:
The Spanish style shoes and skirt identify and compliment the Spanish style of dance and music of the Liquorice Allsorts section. Her slicked down wavy hair adds humour to the piece because it looks like strings of liquorice and is an unrealistic interpretation of hair. The Spanish style skirt adds additional movement to this section as it swishes with her hips and she moves it from side to side with her hands. This adds more interest to the piece because it exaggerates her actions and dynamics. The 2 male Liquorice allsorts wear complementary costumes with black glossy jackets and bright pink trousers. This identifies the dancers as a group and also the difference between genders.





·         For both professional works you must also know the full name of the:

Composer
Costume designer
Lighting designer
Set designer

Choreography

·         You may be asked to reflect on your experience of the unit 4a – solo choreography and the unit 4b group choreography.

·         You will need to know the definition of and examples of:

A motif
A stimulus
Motif development/Choreographic devices - retrograde, fragmentation, repetition, instrumentation…
Relationships – unison, canon, contact, lifting, mirroring, call and response, counter point, contrast…
Structure – Binary, ternary, Rondo, Fugue, Theme and variation, narrative
Climax
Highlights
Group formations
A variety of actions, space, dynamics

The lists here are not definitive and only show some examples. It is your responsibility to use your GCSE textbook to find out what the definitions are and some examples.


**Page 43 – 68 in your GCSE Dance textbook will help you**


Performance

·         You may be asked to reflect on your experience of unit 2 – the set dance (impulse/Find it!)

·         You will need to know the definition of and examples of how to improve:

Technical skills – Posture, alignment, strength, flexibility, control, stamina…
Expressive skills – Focus, musicality, communication, projection, sense of style…

·         How to improve your performance – Mental rehearsal, recording yourself, peer assessment, mirrors…


The lists here are not definitive and only show some examples. It is your responsibility to use your GCSE textbook to find out what the definitions are and some examples.

**Page 69 – 80 in your GCSE Dance textbook will help you**
Revision advice

·         Use all of your classwork and homework.

·         Ask or email your Teacher if you have a query       Mrs Simmons - h.simmons@wildern.hants.sch.uk

Don’t underestimate the importance of the written paper. It can turn an A* practical dancer into an overall GCSE grade of a B.