I’ve spoken and written about the “backend” of the work. How we are working with four characters (the aggressor, the inflicted, the fighter, and the watcher) to drive the movement of the dance, however, nothing is clearer than watching the difference between someone dancing as the aggressor versus someone dancing as the inflicted. My next few posts will focus on just this.
Before we left for break I video taped each of the dancers doing the same movement phrase as different characters. I have loosely defined the characters as follows:
The Aggressor – a person purposely causing harm to another – malicious.
The Inflicted – a person injured or harmed by the aggressor who is unable to fight back – hopeless.
The Fighter – a person injured or harmed by the aggressor who is fighting back – hope.
The Watcher – a bystander, someone who can see what is happening between the aggressor and the inflicted or fighter and has chosen to not get involved – nonchalant, insipid.
Here we have Tara dancing as the aggressor:
and now Alli as the inflicted:
The differences are clear. Tara’s attack of the movement versus Alli’s struggle, sharp lines and force versus limp lines and the weight of gravity, speed versus slow transitions…
Watch them one at a time (solos if you will) and then watch them at the same time (a duet) all of the sudden there is a subtle story building. This is exactly what we working on, how each part of the dance performed as different characters creates a different dramatic arch. I find it absolutely fascinating and a bit overwhelming, the options are endless.
Next post we will look at the watcher and the fighter.