For the Final Assignment, you will demonstrate all that you have learned this quarter and put forth your best writing about dance in the form of a second review. From the concert calendar listings, choose one more concert to attend. As in Lesson 04, the concert must be a live concert and must take place during the current quarter to be accepted. After you have attended the concert, write a review that is one to two pages, typed, double-spaced, using 12-point font. Make sure that your paper has a heading in the left hand corner with first and last name, Final Assignment, and date.
In this assignment as in the Lesson 04 Assignment, you will create a strong perspective that is analytical, interpretive, evaluative or a combination of the 3 about the concert, and support that with description of the bodies moving (3 component descriptions) and other evidence to substantiate these strong claims. Remember that the thesis statement should state your perspective in one sentence at the end of the introductory paragraph.
Your perspective could compare and contrast two sections of the concert as you did in Lesson 04. Remember the examples of specific thesis statements from that lesson:
- “Two pieces from The Chamber Dance Concert, “XXXX” and “YYYYY” caused me to consider my pre-conceived notions of gender and relationships because they addressed these topics from different viewpoints”.
- “The choreography presented at Cornish Dance Theater was incredibly diverse in style and theme, however in the two pieces, “XXXXX” and “YYYYY,” the choreographers payed particular attention to his or her use of the stage space to communicate an idea.”
- “The performers In Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke were incredibly successful in communicating the emotional story that the concert was based on through the use of articulate and specific gestures, and this was especially evident in the sections titled “XXXX” and “YYYYY.”
Your perspective could address your personal aesthetic by discussing two of the sections that resonate with you, and speculation about how your life experiences may have affected your opinion:
- “The tiny sporadic movements that were present in both pieces “XXXX” and “YYYYY” from The Chamber Dance Concert were the most compelling to me because my background in biology requires me to interact with the world on a micro-level.”
- “In the two pieces, “XXXXX” and “YYYYY,” presented at Cornish Dance Theater, the choreographers payed particular attention to their use of the stage space to communicate an idea and I was fascinated with their choices because I have always been interested in how the placement of objects in a space affect its mood.”
- “Because my family tends to use their hands and gesture a lot when they tell stories, I was particularly compelled by how the emotional story came to life in Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke through the use of articulate and specific gestures, and this was especially evident in the sections titled “XXXX” and “YYYYY.”
Your perspective could address a larger social issue by discussing two of the sections:
- “Two pieces from The Chamber Dance Concert, “XXXX” and “YYYYY” caused me to consider my pre-conceived notions of gender and relationships.”
- “In the two pieces, “XXXXX” and “YYYYY,” presented at Cornish Dance Theater, the choreographers seemed to be making comments about our society’s concept of beauty by the ways the dancers interacted with each other on stage.
- “Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke was incredibly successful in getting the audience to contemplate the effects of violence in a community.”
One way to approach the format for this paper is as follows:
Paragraph 1 – Set the context for the whole concert and then introduce the two pieces you will discuss in your essay. Your thesis should take a point-of-view or make a claim about specific aspects of the choreography in both pieces.
Paragraph 2 – Discuss the first dance piece. Choose specific moments of choreography that support your thesis. Use 3 component descriptions to help your reader imagine the dance as you saw it.
Paragraph 3 – Discuss the second dance piece. As above, use 3 component descriptions to help your reader envision important moments of choreography.
Paragraph 4 – Tie it all together. Refer to the evidence you have discussed in the body of the paper and explain how your observations support your thesis