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

Abstract: The desire to create a choreographic work purely from a design stimulus led to the cerebral approach to this, choreography and to the need for a scheme. The choreographer wanted a scheme which would be used originally in a cold and calculated manner and be transformed into something entirely new through the use of elements of dance. At this point in planning, this writer became aware of the space patterns dictated by the shapes in the letters of her name (Doris) when signed in script. The diagonal and circular patterns stimulated both floor patterns and body designs. The dynamics used in writing the letters indicated flowing and percussive rhythmic patterns and also variations in tempo were suggested. There are five letters in the name and five dancers in various groupings of two to five, the number of dancers being part of the scheme. One section of the dance uses structured improvisation with a shift in emphasis from floor design to body design. This shape emphasis is continued in the next section which is structured in passacaglia form. The music is The Winter Consort by Paul Winter and Group.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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