Wildwood permutations

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan B. Delattre (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Virginia Moomaw

Abstract: Wildwood Permutations is choreographed in three sections for eight dancers. The tape accompaniment consists of bird calls and electronic sounds composed on the Moog Synthesizer by the choreographer. The costumes are tie-dyed nylon jersey leotards and tights, which use a different basic color for each costume. The lighting design creates a progression through the daylight hours from predawn until dark. The dance uses an ABA structure and through it explores the growth of a group identity. A central concern of the choreographer is the preservation of each individual's identity as he becomes part of a group. The Wildwood choreography also explored the relationship between the unified group identity and the varied constituent identities of the individuals composing it. The aesthetics of John Dewey, which was of much value to the choreographer, shows that an experience can have unity in spite of the variation of its constituent parts. His understanding of emotion as the unifying quality in a work of art clarified the nature of the emotional involvement required of the Wildwood dancers. This point of view also allows the audience to concentrate fully on the movement being performed rather than searching for the meaning of each gesture.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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