"Rooster" by Christopher Bruce Essay

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“Rooster” Review by Paris Day Rooster is a dance piece choreographed by Christopher Bruce. It was originally premiered by the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve in 1991. It is a contemporary ballet piece performed by ten dancers to eight of The Rolling Stones’ most memorable hits. Christopher Bruce based the production on the “sexual war” he witnessed growing up in the 1960’s. His intention was to celebrate the music of The Rolling Stones and use the qualities of the songs to reflect this. The production is set in the 1960’s when the rights of males and females began to equalise. The lighting during the performance of Rooster is mostly dark and dull. It is very simple with slight colour changes at times, but for the majority of…show more content…
The women were able to take off their red scarves to represent them taking a stand against the men. They are trying to become independent and unique. The male soloist is wearing a red shirt to show that he is becoming different to the other males. Red is the inferior colour which could symbolise him becoming more like the women and less masculine than the other men. Rooster is performed on an undecorated stage. It is supposed to be presented as a Saturday night at a club or party. At one point the women have red scarves which they remove from their neck to dance with. In “Play with Fire” the female soloist also has a red feather bower. The music throughout the performance is by The Rolling Stones. The first song, “Little Red Rooster” is very laid back and lazy sounding. It has a slow but consistent tempo throughout the song. The second song, “Lady Jane” has a very slow tempo. This is possibly because it contains lots partner work. The third song, “Not Fade Away” is significantly faster than the previous songs. There is also lots of clapping in time with the music which gives it a kind of celebratory feel. The fourth song, “As Tears Go By” once again has a slow tempo. It has a very relaxed feel at the same time as being sad. This assists in developing the choreographers’ intent because in this section the female dancer is being rejected. The fifth song, “Paint it Black” is where the first costume change takes

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