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Arts Toolkit

Arts Toolkit: Dance Video Clips




In the introduction, host David Thurmond asks students to brainstorm how they would convey the idea of heat through color, choreography, tempo, and attitude. He tells students to note how the elements of performance and production convey this idea in the dance. The character in this concluding dance from Part 1 of Kentuckian Daniel Dutton’s dance opera The Secret Commonwealth represents a flame that leaps from the Storyteller’s fire and dances with the other characters in the story. The dance was choreographed by Kelly Gottesman and features dancer Michelle Bump, joined by an array of other characters from the Secret Commonwealth Ensemble.

Suggested Uses:

  • As the focus of a student analysis of dance elements and theme (with Responding to Dance).
  • Compare to other modern dance performances in the toolkit: “Lucky Day” and “The Graveyard.”
  • To demonstrate characteristics of modern dance. (Show with DanceSense Program 8 and/or “Dance Vocabulary/Basic Positions” from the DanceSense Enhanced DVD.)
  • Compare to the jazz dance “Heat” on Dance Performances in terms of how the choreographer conveys a theme.
  • To analyze elements of production.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the Responding to Dance guide and the History and Styles section of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.

About The Secret Commonwealth:


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