Description:In the introduction, host David Thurmond gives background on modern dance and notes that Lucky Day is also a good example of the merging of art and athleticism. This modern dance, choreographed by Kelly Gottesman and performed by Marc Morizumi, expresses a feeling of elation through movement. The dancer is the character the Contrary from Kentuckian Daniel Duttons dance opera The Secret Commonwealth. The Contrary embodies a free spirit who mocks and rejects repression and conformity.
- As the focus of a student analysis of dance elements and theme (with Responding to Dance).
- Compare to two other modern dance performances in the toolkit, Hot 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.)
- To show how choreographers and dancers convey feelings through movement.
- Compare this character dance to the Arabian and Chinese dances from The Nutcracker.
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:
- See our teachers guides page for links to the authors web site and downloadable music files.
- teachers guide and classroom activities for The Road, Part 2 of the Secret Commonwealth trilogy.