R.A.D.S Relationships Action Dynamics Space Features of DANCE пЃ® There are 4 basic components of dance: пЃ® Action вЂ“ What you do пЃ® Dynamics вЂ“ How you do it пЃ® Space вЂ“ Where you do it пЃ® Relationships вЂ“ With whom ACTION SPACE Jump Travel Turn Level вЂ“ high, mid, low Gesture Fall Stillness DYNAMICS Direction вЂ“ forward, backwards, diagonal, sideways Floor patterns Time + force= dynamics Fast Direct Soft Firm Slow Jerky Smooth Forceful Strong Continuous Sudden Graceful Sharp RELATIONSHIPS Canon Unison Mirroring Group work Complimenting Contrasting Duet Question and answer Relationships пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® This has several meanings, it can be: The dancers вЂ“ how many, grouping, formations. The relationships between dancer and dancer, dancer to the music, dancer to the prop, dancer to the space etc How the dancers communicate with each other e.g. the choreographic devices such as canon, unison, question and answer, mirroring, complimentary, contrasting, symmetrical and asymmetrical, following and leading, call and response etc. Find out the meaning of each of the above and write a detailed description with examples. Action пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® There are 6 main actions of dance: Jump, Turn, Travel, Stillness, Fall and Gesture. All other dance actions come within the above categories e.g. spin, roll, rotate are all turning actions. How many action words can you think of? Now put them under the correct heading of: Jump, Turn, Travel, Stillness, Fall or Gesture. Dynamics пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® HOW the dancer is moving When we are familiar with вЂ�WHATвЂ™ the dancer is doing (the action), we must focus on HOW the body performs the action. Dynamics is another way of saying вЂ�movement qualityвЂ™. It describes the amount of energy required to perform a movement. Time and force are combined in a variety of ways to produce different movement qualities. TIME + FORCE = DYNAMICS Some qualities are easily identified and have specific names given by the famous dancer and choreographer Rudulf Laban: Percussive = sudden and quick Swing = starts and finishes with an impulse Sustain = continuous and ongoing Suspend = a sense of falling Shake = short burst of energy Collapse = giving in to gravity Space пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® This can mean the space used by the dancers for each action. Level вЂ“ high, low and mid Direction вЂ“ forward, backward, side to side, up, down, in, out, diagonally etc. Air and floor patterns вЂ“ circular, zig-zag, linear, diagonal, free/random. Dimensions вЂ“ door plane = height and width, table plane = width and depth and wheel plane = height and depth Personal space вЂ“ imagine yourself in you own bubble вЂ“ as far as you can reach high and wide is your personal space General space al the space outside of your personal space. Stage space described as upstage and down stage or more specifically: DSR, DCS, DSL, CSR, CS, CSL, USR, UCS, USL Watch Still Life at a Penguin CafГ© by David Bintley - Texan Kangaroo Rat dance and or Questions and answers section 1 in Swansong by Christopher Bruce. пЃ® пЃ® пЃ® In pairs analyse the dance in terms of Relationships, Action, Dynamics and Space (RADS). Use the word cards and pro forma to help you. Discuss ideas with another pair and report ideas back to the whole class. Now individually write an analysis of the dance.