In this unit students will learn, create, develop and apply choreographic concepts that are used to create aesthetic movements into a structured routine.
Essential Unit Question (MYP):
How do the use of choreographic concepts such as space, time, level, travel, flow and force form the basis of creating a movement piece?
Area(s) of Interaction (MYP):
Unit Project – Pathways
Concepts of Choreography
Space – is the area in which we move our bodies. We can use space in the following ways:
- Personal – we each move our own body in the area immediately surrounding us
- General – in the area around us
- Movements – Large movements that use a lot of space (eg leap) OR Small movements using limited space (eg head)
- How you connect with others in your group
Time – is the pace or speed that the movement occurs.
- Slow movements display good control and technique
- Staying in time with the music
- Staying in time with the people in your group
- Starting on the beginning of the phrase
- Using fast, sudden, slow, sustained
- Must reflect the mood and the rhythm of the music
Level – is the ability to use the different levels or heights
- Jumps and leaps display the higher levels
- Walking or general traveling use the middle level
- Rolls or ground work display the lower levels
Travel – is moving in different ways. Think about how you are going to move from skill to skill. The movement patterns are:
- How you move – the skills
Flow – is making the movements flow smoothly from one skill to the next.
Force – is the degree of energy that is needed to perform.
- Small static movements require little force
- High force or energy on faster movements
- Walking transitions require little energy
- Transitions from down to up or vice versa require a lot of energy
Using these concepts, students will produce a map of their movements according to the general cues given to them and then present the routine as a whole, complete composition.