UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Arlene Strom (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Lois Andreasen

Abstract: Individuals are molded both by their heritage and their environment. This choreographer, raised in an Irish-American ghetto, chose to dramatize the folklore of the Irish race through song and dance. Her own forebears were pioneering women and men in the still wild Rocky Mountains. The dance was this choreographer's way of expressing her link with the past. The dance was choreographed for twelve dancers to a collection of traditional Irish folk songs, adapted and sung by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and one reel, recorded by the Dubliners. With this musical selection, several choreographic problems were anticipated. The choreographer recognized that the interpretation of the lyrics into movement could result in pantomime, and that the dynamic vocal and instrumental arrangements could compete with the action of the dance. The overpowering rhythmic structure demanded that variants of choreographic ingredients, other than tempo, be used. The challenge for the choreographer was to counterbalance the identifiable obstacles with imaginative manipulations of choreographic elements, namely, space, shape, focus, and intensity.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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