Basic tips: Looking at Choreography

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Clinical (straight lines) Sharp and structured,

Symmetrical / Asymmetric

Open and wide (mostly)

Closed and geometric


Small and Big movements

Wide large movements

Extension from limbs and legs

Subtle waves/ ripple of the body

Spreading formation

Pattern Line:

Disjointed (background and foreground depth)

Straight lines

Curved lines (later on)

Crossing movements (pathways)

Random patterns


Direction / Level:

Limb lead movements

All directions (horizontal)

Location of stage set:

Camera at front

Whole area used

Dynamic qualities:

Falling, controlled poise and stillness,

Stillness, softness, tension, lifting

Momentum, winding and unwinding

Speed/ Tempo:

Apparent energy from other dancers, levels increased.


Time extended by stillness. Length unknown


Dancers hold there own rhythm, at times qued by sound.

Shape - Soft, angular, jagged

Size - Crunched up

Lines - Straight, curved, angular, vertical

Direction - Level, high, low

Location in performance space - Evenly out?

Tension, force, strength - focused or free

Speed - Same or change, stillness

Duration - Short, Sharp, constant, how long is the piece?

Number of dancers

Sex of dancers

Only males lifting? Democratic (shared)

Clusters of elements?

Set, Surroundings?

Lighting, shades, shadows


Hope this helps you when comparing pieces and describing the chrorography used.