Dancers listening to music they've danced
Posted 21 February 2002 - 02:05 AM
"How do other dancers feel when knowing a piece of music, and then performing to it? How do your attitudes change (or not) concerning that music?"
Posted 22 February 2002 - 03:32 PM
I am presuming that you don't know in advance that you may dance to this piece of music?
Normally prior to dancing to a piece of music I will have perhaps listened to it, thought 'hmmm nice bit of music' and gone on with life.
But when I then find myself performing to it, it changes it entirely. Suddenly its all I listen to, on the way to work in the morning, at work, on the way home.
You discover all these little nuances, and suddenly every note to me becomes an instruction. then forever afterwards, whenever I hear that particular piece of music, its as though it talks to me, and I can remember most of the steps. Even now when I listen to a piece of music that I danced to when I was 12, I can still do the dance more or less. So I think it changes my attitude towards that piece of music for good, and helps me listen to music more, in general and appreciate it more.
(My experience is mainly from dancing to a piece of music for a performance and especially for my set syallbus classes when I was doing exams. wink.gif wink.gif
Posted 22 February 2002 - 04:30 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 05:15 PM
Okay, I'll try again smile.gif
Recently I have just done this. It is music by Debussy, entitled Clair de lune, and I have listened to this before and know it well, or rather thought I knew it well. Dancing to it has changed it for me. Its just given me a different perspective on it totally. I think I enjoy listening to it more now, than I did then, because I can now feel the music rather than just appreciate it.
I think I'll shut up now, as I've probably got completely the wrong end of the stick again. Sorry frown.gif
Posted 22 February 2002 - 05:23 PM
Posted 22 February 2002 - 06:05 PM
Posted 25 February 2002 - 05:54 PM
I suspect you can't hear the music to which you've danced without the steps and the mood of the dance coming back, for good or ill.
[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: Alymer ]
Posted 25 February 2002 - 05:58 PM
I think we could get back a lot of ballets if someone would just play the music for the dancers who once danced it.
Posted 17 September 2002 - 10:59 AM
Two examples from me:
Les Noces - Stravninsky
Had I not dance this ballet (Nijinksa's) I, in all honesty, would not have paid much attention to it. BUT - having the honor of dancing this masterpiece and working with Nijinkska's daughter I fell in love with the score (and Stravinsky in general.)
Piano Concerto #2 - Shostakovich
I loved this piece before I danced to it (a wonderful ballet by Carlos Carvajal.) In fact I play it to get through my stairmaster workout! haha......It's gorgeous, inspirational and the tempi are perfect for the workout!
I have many others that motivate me........more later.
Posted 17 September 2002 - 12:00 PM
Posted 17 September 2002 - 12:15 PM
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Posted 11 October 2002 - 08:13 PM
I just heard Nutcracker (It's now October, I can now say the "N" word!") in class today. The Coda is truly one of the best I know. "Footnotes" on bravoTV calls N the ballet everyone loves to hate. They hate to do the sme ballet every year, but most dancers love the music.
I do a Ballanchine N in CT. Mr. B added a violin solo from Sleeping Beauty to the scene where Clara comes down from her bedroom to get her nutcracker (as if that scene isn't long enough!). My dressing room is right next to the orchestra, the music is georgous, it will make you weep. The audience always applauds the solo. Pity Clara is asleep on the sofa, someone should really be dancing to that music! The only movement is Clara's mum looking for her.
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