Analysis of Ghost Dances - Gcse Dance - Aqa - a* Standard

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Ghost Dances

In 1973, Christopher Bruce heard about the murders going on in the small villages and towns of Chile on the orders of the government; just to show off their power, and how they were not afraid to use it. Bruce found out as a result of a letter received from a widow of a Chilean folk singer who had been murdered. He was asked to do work for the Chilean Human Rights Committee. The dance first premiered in 1988, the costume designer being Belinda Scarlett and the music being by Incantation, playing the song ‘Ojos Azules’ which is Spanish for ‘Blue Eyes’.

In terms of actions and dynamics for this piece, Bruce has used a few elegant balletic movements, such as arabesque and attitude, to show control and strength of what dominance
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On the ghost’s bodies you can notice different shades of grey, black and white lines all over them. Scarlett has done this in order to define and contour muscle, to show how strong and powerful the ghosts are and referring back to off-balance turns, emphasising their biceps and triceps, perhaps to show that they have gained muscle and strength through all of the murders that they have committed already.

The accompaniment for ‘Ghost Dances’ was just the sound of water droplets, to give the impression that they live within a cave, deep in one of the many Chilean Mountain ranges, such as Cordillera de Talinay or Cordón Baquedano to suggest that they are hidden, and cannot be found unless they are out to kill someone.

When the traditional Chilean music starts, we notice the ghosts immediately look USR (Up Stage Right) which is where the villagers enter from at a later time of the dance and every 10-15 seconds, they look back, in hope of finding the villagers arriving. Whilst the ghosts are dancing to the traditional music, they go against the timing of the music, to show ignorance towards the Chilean culture and no respect for the villagers, for they will be killed soon. Also, the lighting that was used for the performance was dark at the beginning, to represent a dark cave, and as the ghosts are alone, the atmosphere is nothing but darkness and despair. But when the ghosts realised that the villagers were coming, the stage lit up, as if…

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