Title

Dualities

Presenter Information

Marie Turner

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Dance, Performance, Contemporary

Abstract

This piece was created in Orchesis during fall quarter and will be a part of the annual Orchesis end-of-the-year dance performance. This piece began as a series of movements that I gradually put together to create a long unified movement. I found the song “Breathe Me” by Sia and decided to use this for my choreography because the music accented the movements perfectly. I originally planned on having six dancers but came to a final decision of eight. An even number was essential for this piece because the dance is based on finding yourself and fighting between who you are and who you want to be. The pathway to finding oneself can be difficult and can sometimes lead you in many directions, which is why I decided to name this piece Dualities. Throughout this dance, there is a lot of partnering or movements that are soft and fluid while other movements are fast and strong to show the conflicting feelings people go through when finding their way through life. The dance starts off slow and peaceful and gradually becomes more chaotic and conflicting. Toward the end the dance, the movements slow down again as some dancers run or slowly walk off stage to show different ways of coping with change within oneself. The dance ends with the last two dancers facing each other to show that it is possible to overcome obstacles and find your true self.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Therese Young

Department/Program

Art

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School & Public Health

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Dualities

SURC Ballroom A

This piece was created in Orchesis during fall quarter and will be a part of the annual Orchesis end-of-the-year dance performance. This piece began as a series of movements that I gradually put together to create a long unified movement. I found the song “Breathe Me” by Sia and decided to use this for my choreography because the music accented the movements perfectly. I originally planned on having six dancers but came to a final decision of eight. An even number was essential for this piece because the dance is based on finding yourself and fighting between who you are and who you want to be. The pathway to finding oneself can be difficult and can sometimes lead you in many directions, which is why I decided to name this piece Dualities. Throughout this dance, there is a lot of partnering or movements that are soft and fluid while other movements are fast and strong to show the conflicting feelings people go through when finding their way through life. The dance starts off slow and peaceful and gradually becomes more chaotic and conflicting. Toward the end the dance, the movements slow down again as some dancers run or slowly walk off stage to show different ways of coping with change within oneself. The dance ends with the last two dancers facing each other to show that it is possible to overcome obstacles and find your true self.