Today I will continue to talk about THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR THE LITURGICAL DANCER.
First, let me tell you that I am a big proponent of Technique! With that being said, technique in and of itself can get in the way of your creative process because you might rely on your technique/steps and be closed off to creative movement and ideas.
Understanding how to manipulate movement is the basis for choreographic elements space, time, energy and shape. Movement occurs in space, takes time, is propelled by energy and and goes through specific shapes as it is performed. In order to successfully navigate these choreographic elements you must have and an understanding of Choreographic Craft.
A. Understanding Choreographic preparation.
Choreographic preparation involves learning about the craft of choreography.
Preparation involves gathering your resources together so that you may begin the process.
Choreographic Craft includes;
1. Understanding use of ministry space - You need to have a clear idea of the space or spaces that you will dance in which determines your movement patterns. You can go forward, side to side and backwards. As humans we can also move in diagonal directions including two front and two back. These eight directions are used as points of reference because movements can fall in between the eight.
Direction (Space) Exercises;
i. Walk across a room using a variety of directions such as forward, backward, sideways or any diagonals. Now do this same exercise with a dance ministry movement or phrase.
ii. Do this and change directions on specific counts - 8 or 16.
iii. Use different locomotor movements such as run, hop, skip, jump, leap, gallop and slide.
iv. Practice changing directions on each count or every other count.
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