Explorer - Lesson 1: Getting Started: What is a Motif?
- Choreographic ideas
- Clear empty space
- Lesson Film
- Means of capture
- PE kit and bare feet
CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual welcomes you to the Royal Opera House, home of The Royal Ballet. Watch him take part in a creative dance class with students from Beam Primary School exploring the theme of 'journeys'. Karim meets former Soloist of The Royal Ballet David Pickering, and ROH Dance Artist Liz Foster, to find out about ‘motifs’.
- Understanding the concept of ‘motif’.
- Developing movement patterns to create non-contact and contact group work.
- Exploring different ways of travelling, using the words ‘around, through, over and under’.
- Understanding how we can use space by travelling the movement patterns we devise.
- Collaborative skills.
Performance and Evaluation10 mins
Make time at the end of every session to look at as much of the work created as possible. It’s great for the dancers to be able to see everyone’s responses to the tasks set, and it also gives you time to think about what is working and which direction you want to take the dance.
The warm up is a good opportunity to introduce the characters and themes of the dance you will be creating, and begin to create movement material. If you were doing a dance about being in Wonderland, you might like to think about different spiralling movements for falling down a rabbit hole. You could create some very brief movement actions depicting this and ask the dancers to enact them in pairs. Any theme or idea can slot into this structure and of course your dancers’ ideas can be incorporated into the activity too.
Discuss the theme you have chosen for your class, or decide as a class which of the themes you will explore. Think about your theme and ask yourself what can it do and what shapes can it make, as a starting point for your creative exploration. Remember to use very clear instructions when setting your dancers a creative task.