I speak to you in silence: an original choreographic work based on an original poem



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THE PROBLEM The purpose of this study was to develop a choreographic work based on an original poem and a staged dance presented in concert form. Delimitations. The dance was delimited to the use of the original poem as the basis for the choreographic theme, recorded music and six dancers. The study was further delimited to a discussion of the rationale for the choreographic theme, the use of published poetry as a basis for choreography and the development of the dance. Limitations. Since there appeared to be no precedence for the use of original poetry in the literature reviewed, the poem was treated by the choreographer as if it came from another source. Dancers were chosen from volunteer students enrolled in dance classes in the Department of Health and Physical Education, University of Houston. The staged dance production was limited to those opportunities for performance available to the Department of Health and Physical Education. Development of Dance. The dance was choreographed in a five part rondo form with a silent solo as the recurring theme. The accompaniment was selections of recorded music by Aaron Copland and Baccharini. The finished choreography was approximately 16 1/2 minutes long. Performance. The dance was performed on three occasions. The first section of the dance was performed at the Aesthetics Section of the Dance Division of the National American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation convention held in Houston, March, 1972. The completed dance was performed as a work-in-progress at a Studio Recital, April, 1972. The third performance was at the H.S.P.V.A. Concert, May, 1972. Summary and Conclusions. The end product of this study was a staged dance. The study began with the poem, 'I Speak to You in Silence,' written by the investigator in the summer of 1971. Feeling that the poem would be a suitable topic for a dance, the investigator presented the poem to various people for criticism and suggestions. Besides developing the dance, the investigator also researched various materials to be included in the written account of the thesis project. The dance was viewed and evaluated by faculty members including a thesis committee.