Cultural performance and understanding as perpetual motion. How cultural meanings are continuously undergoing transformation at the hands of individual and collective participants.
Perpich Center for Arts Education:
Choreographers/Dancers – Michael Thurman, Morgan White
Music – Warren Park“, Ancient Windows”
Pianist – Tom Kanthak
The Counterpoint Duets
This summer the “old” Seniors were given an assignment to create a solo based on the concept of the “ Sixteen Hieratic Gestures”, an anthropological look at movement from the perspective of University of Arizona dance scholar Dr. John Wilson. The gestures were then organized according to a three-minute improvisational grid.
When the solos were shown this fall, we looked at movement motifs within the various phrases in their individual solos and each student created a solo study based on the abstraction of the identified motifs.
We then explored phrase development based on the musical concept of counterpoint and adapted it to the possibilities of movement counterpoint. Finally, the dancers paired up and created a duet utilizing motif/phrase development and counterpoint. Each duet was also assigned one of Warren Park’s piano pieces as a musical stimulus.