Silver apples of the moon

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Wanda Lee Dickey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Virginia Moomaw

Abstract: The dance for six girls, "Silver Apples of the Moon" was a reflection of the choreographer's experiences and opinion of conflicts that appear in contemporary life. The music was "Silver Apples of the Noon" (196?) by Norton Subotnick, an electronic piece the composer was commissioned to do for a recording. Dance is defined as not only meaning motion, the result of the process and way of moving, but also is the use of shape and timing. For this choreographer, shape was one of the most important considerations in choreographing "Silver Apples of the Moon". The ideas for the shapes were derived from sketches and through exploration of the shapes using the dancers. Timing was determined by the movement materials and exploration of its possibilities and did not depend on the metric units in the music. Structured improvisation was a method used in developing the first section of the dance. Each dancer was given a floor pattern and a pattern of movement. She was told to use this pattern of movement in any direction, with any timing and at any point upon her path. When not doing the movement, she could either stand or walk until she resumed the given pattern.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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