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(PS. Know who invented the term "canned music"? John Philip Sousa!
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 11:59 PM
vrsfanatic, I know this sounds crazy, but it's quite true. I saw the monitors myself as they were being wheeled out from behind screens at the left and right of the stage, not even the wings. What they were there for was explained to me by a dancer from the company who performed in that ballet herself. Yes, we did have "canned music". I was wondering whether, if there had been a live orchestra, the dancer could have kept an eye on the conductor's baton and timed himself by that (in his solo parts, at least)? On the other hand, if deaf people really can feel the music through the floor, why does he need any visual help at all? Confusing, confusing!
Posted 24 July 2004 - 03:26 AM
The young girl with whom I worked, was so on the music that I did not even know she was deaf until one day when I was correcting her and she turned her back on me while I was speaking with her. :angry: I was obviously a little perturbed at her "rude" behavior when another student finally told me she was deaf. From then on I looked for some sort of "sign". As Ms Leigh said, in class, she was really fine but in rehearsals, Bolero was being choreographed for a company performance, she did need a little more time and patience from the AD/choreographer. She had no one signing for her. Her mother had not wanted anyone to know about her "situation" so no one was told, at first, we just learned as we went along. :shhh:
Posted 24 July 2004 - 09:56 AM
If by musical you mean an ability to phrase movement material, the deaf are actually highly skilled--you only have watch a conversation in ASL (American Sign Language) to see this. A complex metre does not need music to be conveyed to a performer, merely a demonstration. As Merce Cunningham said to me once, people "don't understand that rhythm is time cut up." However, if by musical you mean dancing to deeply heard music, a deaf performer cannot do that, of course. A person can also be intrinsically graceful (like a cat), which has nothing to do with music, and thus be perceived as musical, I should think.
Nanatchka, that company of deaf dancers sounds amazing! I just wonder about that all-important quality for a dancer: musicality. Deaf people can't really be musical, can they?
Posted 24 July 2004 - 01:07 PM
Question: how do you correct a deaf dancer (if you don't know sign language, I mean)?
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 06:14 AM
The company's Hebrew name has biblical connotations, 'kol demama daka' -- the still small voice -- and also translates to 'sound and silence.' Efrati devised methods that integrated deaf and hearing dancers and used percussion and a lot (a whole lot) of bass in his scound scores so dancers would cue off each other and feel the beat. The company is modern, though, not classically oriented.
I'm not sure if it still exists, but I know one former dancer teaches high school students at Gallaudet's Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. When I used to take class with her from a hearing teacher, I would visually cue her on the timing/rhythm and she was fine.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:39 AM
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