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R.A.D.S. Relationships Action Dynamics Space. Features of DANCE. There are 4 basic components of dance: Action – What you do Dynamics – How you do it Space – Where you do it Relationships – With whom. ACTION Jump Travel Turn Gesture Fall Stillness. SPACE

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r a d s

R.A.D.S

Relationships

Action

Dynamics

Space

features of dance
Features of DANCE
  • There are 4 basic components of dance:
  • Action – What you do
  • Dynamics – How you do it
  • Space – Where you do it
  • Relationships – With whom
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ACTION

Jump Travel Turn

Gesture Fall Stillness

SPACE

Level – high, mid, low

Direction – forward, backwards, diagonal, sideways

Floor patterns

DYNAMICS

Time + force= dynamics

Fast Soft Slow Direct Firm Jerky

Smooth Forceful Strong

Continuous Graceful

Sudden Sharp

RELATIONSHIPS

Canon Unison

Mirroring Group work

Complimenting Contrasting Duet

Question and answer

relationships
Relationships
  • This has several meanings, it can be:
  • The dancers – how many, grouping, formations.
  • The relationships between dancer and dancer, dancer to the music, dancer to the prop, dancer to the space etc
  • How the dancers communicate with each other e.g. the choreographic devices such as canon, unison, question and answer, mirroring, complimentary, contrasting, symmetrical and asymmetrical, following and leading, call and response etc.
  • Find out the meaning of each of the above and write a detailed description with examples.
action
Action
  • There are 6 main actions of dance:
  • Jump, Turn, Travel, Stillness, Fall and Gesture.
  • All other dance actions come within the above categories e.g. spin, roll, rotate are all turning actions.
  • How many action words can you think of?
  • Now put them under the correct heading of: Jump, Turn, Travel, Stillness, Fall or Gesture.
dynamics
Dynamics
  • HOW the dancer is moving
  • When we are familiar with ‘WHAT’ the dancer is doing (the action), we must focus on HOW the body performs the action.
  • Dynamics is another way of saying ‘movement quality’. It describes the amount of energy required to perform a movement. Time and force are combined in a variety of ways to produce different movement qualities.
  • TIME + FORCE = DYNAMICS
  • Some qualities are easily identified and have specific names given by the famous dancer and choreographer Rudulf Laban:
  • Percussive = sudden and quick
  • Swing = starts and finishes with an impulse
  • Sustain = continuous and ongoing
  • Suspend = a sense of falling
  • Shake = short burst of energy
  • Collapse = giving in to gravity
space
Space
  • This can mean the space used by the dancers for each action.
  • Level – high, low and mid
  • Direction – forward, backward, side to side, up, down, in, out, diagonally etc.
  • Air and floor patterns – circular, zig-zag, linear, diagonal, free/random.
  • Dimensions – door plane = height and width, table plane = width and depth and wheel plane = height and depth
  • Personal space – imagine yourself in you own bubble – as far as you can reach high and wide is your personal space
  • General space al the space outside of your personal space.
  • Stage space described as upstage and down stage or more specifically:
  • DSR, DCS, DSL, CSR, CS, CSL, USR, UCS, USL
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Watch Still Life at a Penguin Café by David Bintley - Texan Kangaroo Rat dance and or Questions and answers section 1 in Swansong by Christopher Bruce.

  • In pairs analyse the dance in terms of Relationships, Action, Dynamics and Space (RADS). Use the word cards and pro forma to help you.
  • Discuss ideas with another pair and report ideas back to the whole class.
  • Now individually write an analysis of the dance.