Peopledance in midstream

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

Abstract: Peopledance in Midstream is a dance for four dancers. The central idea is, that in the midst of daily activities, people dance. The intent of the mood is one of lightheartedness and gaity. The dance is in three sections. The first section is without accompaniment, and is a repetition by each of the four dancers of a four minute movement theme in staggered sequence. The music, a medley of piano rags from the record, "Heliotrope Bouquet", begins in section two. This section is comprised of a solo, a duet, a trio, and a group segment. The final section is a recapitulation of section one repeated in unison by the four dancers and with accompaniment. The dance begins with white lights which fade into general lighting in warm colors as the second section commences. The intensity of the lights increases until the final two minutes of the dance. At this point, the warm colors begin to fade and the dance concludes with a single white spot as the last dancer exits. The costume for each dancer is a black sleeveless leotard, black tights, a pair of striped socks, and a gathered full skirt in a gaudy print. The colors in the socks and skirts are blue, red, yellow, and green. The process of efficiently and aesthetically amassing all of the details into the completed dance was a valuable, though demanding experience. The choreographer is concerned that the experience of the choreographic process will be actively retained as a valid part of Peopledance In Midstream.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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