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

Abstract: Formulation of a choreographic method was the problem which concerned the writer most in creating the dance "Litany". An interest in non-literal dance led the writer to explore a choreographic approach similar to one described by Margery Turner as "kinetic evolvement". This approach essentially involves starting with a given motor impulse, allowing it to stimulate more movement and avoiding intellectual planning. The abstract qualities found by the writer in the work of J. S. Bach made this music most suited to her purposes of creating non-literal dance. The music for "Litany" was a series of excerpts from various Bach pieces which contained a diversity of musical moods and forms. A contrast in musical moods was established by alternating lively, energetic pieces with those of a more sober, austere nature. The dance was divided into six sections. The choreography began with a theme phrase which included locomotor and "in place" movements. Three dancers starting at different times, stated the theme phrases, them each performed a separate sequence of variations, no two sequences being identical. The Allegro from Bach's "Concerto in C Major for Three Harpsichords" served as musical accompaniment. Dancers wore camisole leotards and jazz-styled pants.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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