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Firebird Forensics - collaborative project assessment
Dance

Aim

Collaborate, choreograph and perform a dance work that responds to Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919). As well as present a comparative report on Stravinsky’s and your own socio-historical context.  

This assessment will be in two parts.

Part one - collaborative composition

Present a collaborative dance work devised through problem-solving tasks and manipulation of the elements of dance. You will explore, devise, select, refine and structure movement in response to the Infernal Dance of King Kastchei from The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.

You will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the compositional process through performance, oral and written tasks. Throughout this unit, you will be given individual and group choreographic tasks to construct the dance work.

Part two: socio-historical research task

Research the socio-historical context of Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971), and compare his context to your own.

Research what was happening in the cities that Stravinsky lived in, what was happening in the world during his lifetime, and what was happening in his personal life that influenced his creative endeavours. Compare this with your own experiences and the state of the world today to explore what affects you creatively. What are the similarities and differences in the two contexts, and how have they impacted the artistic expression of the individual?

Outcomes to be assessed

5.1.2 demonstrates enhanced dance technique by manipulating aspects of the elements of dance

5.1.3 demonstrates an understanding and application of aspects of performance quality and interpretation through performance

5.2.1 explores the elements of dance as the basis of the communication of ideas

5.2.2 composes and structures dance movement that communicates an idea

5.3.1 describes and analyses dance as the communication of ideas within a context

5.3.2 identifies and analyses the link between their performances and compositions and dance works of art

Assessment

You be assessed on your ability to:

  • Explore the elements of dance as the basis to communicate ideas
  • Compose and structure movement that communicates an idea
  • Describe and analyse dance as the communication of ideas within a context
  • Identify and analyse the link between your performance and dance works of art
  • Demonstrate enhanced dance technique by manipulating the elements of dance
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of aspects of performance quality and interpretation through performance

Marking criteria

45-50

  • Demonstrates an outstanding understanding of the elements of dance and an in-depth knowledge of how the selection and refinement of movement affects the communication of an idea.
  • Physically and orally demonstrates an outstanding ability to collaborate with other students and values and appreciates their involvement as a dance performer, composer and audience member throughout the choreographic process.
  • Demonstrates an outstanding understanding of the way in which dance reflects the context in which it is created.

38-44

  • Demonstrates a high understanding of the elements of dance and a well-developed knowledge of how the selection and refinement of movement affects the communication of an idea.
  • Physically and orally demonstrates a high ability to collaborate with other students and successfully communicates their own artistic views and opinions throughout the choreographic process.
  • Demonstrates a high understanding of the way in which dance reflects the context in which it is created.

30-37

  • Demonstrates a sound understanding of the elements of dance and a competent knowledge of how the selection and refinement of movement affects the communication of an idea.
  • Physically and orally demonstrates a sound ability to collaborates with other students and effectively communicate their own artistic views and opinions throughout the choreographic process.
  • Demonstrates a sound understanding of the way in which dance reflects the context in which it is created.

20-29

  • Demonstrates an adequate understanding of the elements of dance and a developing knowledge of how the selection and refinement of movement affects the communication of an idea.
  • Physically and orally demonstrates a developing ability to collaborate with other students and attempts to communicate their own artistic views and opinions throughout the choreographic process.
  • Demonstrates a developing understanding of the way in which dance reflects the context in which it is created.

0-19

  • Demonstrates elementary description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities with little or no evidence of appropriate documentation  
  • A very limited account of the processes with little or no consideration given to the planning and development of ideas
  • Self appraisals display little or no understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure OR this area is not addressed at all
  • Displays a limited understanding of the compositional style

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