Stage 1 & 2 dance assessment type 2: response part 1: Historical Perspectives Purpose



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STAGE 1 & 2 DANCE

ASSESSMENT TYPE 2: RESPONSE

Part 1: Historical Perspectives

Purpose

To examine the historical foundations of contemporary dance through the research, analysis and evaluation of the work of practitioners who have played a key role in the development of the form.


Description of Assessment

Choose one of the research areas below and, negotiate with your teacher to devise a research question that allows you to show:



  • Development of a research question or statement that allows for depth of discussion

  • Development of a logical progression of information and ideas

  • reference to dance works where appropriate

  • use of references (from video, textbook and internet) to justify your ideas

  • integration of quotations into your writing where appropriate.

  • Appropriate links between cultural, social and historical contexts surrounding dance works


Context:

The stylistic, cultural and technical aspects that modern audiences, dancers and choreographers associate with contemporary dance has stemmed from a tradition of dance that was pioneered in the early 20th Century (1900’s) by distinctive generations of choreographers and practitioners:


In class we have looked at:


  • Modern dance pioneers: Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn, Lois Fuller, Ruth St Denis

  • 2nd Generation Post Modern: Rudolph Laban, Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Margaret Morris

  • Contemporary Dance movement: Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharpe, Alvin Ailey

Use one of the following question examples to help you to form the basis of your discussion.


Question 1:

Discuss the influence of one pioneering modern or contemporary dance practitioner on current (21st century) contemporary dance. Include discussion of their distinctive stylistic, philosophical and technical choices, their cultural influences and views, and remaining legacy.


Question 2:

‘A work of art is created within a particular framework of social, historical and cultural issues that belong within a specific context.’ Discuss this statement with reference to the work of one choreographer.


Assessment conditions

A written response of a maximum of 1000 words. A bibliography must be included with textbook and website references. A minimum of three sources are to be used. Wikipedia or other non-scholarly sources will not be accepted.


Evidence of your Learning

To demonstrate evidence of your learning in this task you should aim to:




  • display in-depth knowledge and understanding of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally

  • demonstrate highly developed use of language and terminology relevant to the dance context

  • show sophisticated, coherent, and sustained communication to exchange well-informed ideas and opinions

  • exhibit in-depth research into, and analysis and interpretation of historical dance works, practice, and issues in context, using a variety of sources

  • show perceptive analysis and in-depth understanding of dance from a variety of perspectives.



Learning Requirements


  1. demonstrate knowledge and practical application of dance technique in the context of safe dance practice

  2. explore, select, refine, and evaluate ideas and processes in the creation of a dance work and in the study of technique

  3. research, analyse, interpret, and give informed opinions about historical and contemporary dance works, practice and issues

  4. demonstrate performance or production skills both collaboratively and independently

  5. understand the use of various forms of technology relevant to the study of dance as an art form

  6. research, analyse, and understand dance from artistic, aesthetic, and cultural perspectives, communicating in different forms, and using appropriate dance terminology.

Assessment Design Criteria

Knowledge and Understanding

The specific features are as follows:

KU1 Knowledge and understanding of the dance technique of a specific genre.

KU2 Knowledge and understanding of the work of dance artists, locally, nationally, or globally.

KU3 Recognition and understanding of the aesthetic qualities and technical possibilities in dance.

Practical Application

The specific features are as follows:

PA1 Application of knowledge and technical skills for demonstration, in the context of safe dance practice.

PA2 Exploration, selection, and refinement of ideas and processes in the creation of a dance work and in the study of technique.

PA3 Planning, investigation, and selection of movement choices in the creation of a structured dance work or in the study of technique.

PA4 Application of independent and collaborative performance or production skills.



Presentation and Communication

The specific features are as follows:

PC1 Use of appropriate skills to communicate expressively and to engage an audience, through practitioners’ on-stage or off-stage roles.

PC2 Communication of original choreographic intention, with elements of innovation.

PC3 Use of language and terminology relevant to the dance context.

PC4 Communication, in different forms, to exchange ideas and opinions.



Analysis and Evaluation

The specific features are as follows:

AE1 Research into, and analysis and interpretation of, historical and contemporary dance works, practice, and issues in context, using different sources.

AE2 Evaluation of the various relationships that interconnect in the process of staging dance.

AE3 Critical review of and reflection on dance, and evaluation of dance processes.

AE4 Analysis and understanding of dance as a creative art form.





Performance Standards for Stage 2 Dance




Knowledge and Understanding

Practical Application

Presentation and Communication

Analysis and Evaluation

A

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the dance technique of a specific genre.

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally.

In-depth recognition and understanding of the aesthetic qualities and technical possibilities in dance.


Highly proficient and sustained application of technical skills and knowledge, demonstrated, using safe dance practice.

Broad, varied, and thorough exploration, selection, and refinement of ideas and processes in the creation of a dance work and in the study of technique.

Highly original and considered planning, investigation, and selection of movement choices in the creation of a well-structured dance work.

Highly productive, independent, and collaborative performance or production skills.



Productive use of an extensive variety of appropriate skills to communicate sensitively and expressively and to engage an audience through practitioners’ on-stage or off-stage roles.

Coherent and sustained communication of original and innovative choreographic intention.

Highly developed use of language and terminology relevant to the dance context.

Sophisticated, coherent, and sustained communication, to exchange well-informed ideas and opinions.



In-depth research into, and analysis and interpretation of, historical and contemporary dance works, practice, and issues in context, using a variety of sources.

A purposeful evaluation of the relationships that interconnect in the process of staging dance.

Critical review of and reflection on dance, and perceptive evaluation of dance processes.

Perceptive analysis and in-depth understanding of dance as a creative form.



B

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the dance technique of a specific genre.

Some depth in knowledge and understanding of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally.

Well-informed recognition and understanding of the aesthetic qualities and technical possibilities in dance.


Proficient technical skills and knowledge demonstrated consistently, using safe dance practice.

Thorough exploration, selection, and refinement of ideas and processes in the creation of a dance work and in the study of technique.

Original and considered planning, investigation, and selection of movement choices in the creation of a well-structured dance work.

Mostly productive, independent, and collaborative performance or production skills.



Mostly productive use of a variety of skills to communicate expressively and to engage an audience through practitioners’ on-stage or off-stage roles.

Clear communication of the original choreographic intention with some innovation.

Capable use of language and terminology relevant to the dance context.

Consistent and clear communication, to exchange informed ideas and opinions.



Thorough research into, and analysis and interpretation of, historical and contemporary dance works, practice, and issues in context, using several different sources.

A thoughtful evaluation of the relationships that interconnect in the process of staging dance.

Critical review of and reflection on dance, and well-considered evaluation of dance processes.

Well-considered analysis and some depth in understanding of dance as a creative art form.



C

Appropriate knowledge and understanding of the dance technique of a specific genre.

Considered knowledge of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally.

Appropriate recognition and informed understanding of the aesthetic qualities and technical possibilities in dance.


Generally competent application of technical skills and knowledge, using safe dance practice.

Appropriate exploration, selection, and some refinement of ideas and processes in the creation of a dance work and in the study of technique.

Considered planning, investigation, and selection of movement choices in the creation of a structured dance work.

Generally competent, independent, and collaborative performance or production skills.



Competent use of appropriate skills to communicate with some expression and to engage an audience through practitioners’ on-stage or off-stage roles.

Competent communication of an original choreographic intention, with elements of innovation.

Competent use of language and terminology relevant to the dance context.

Appropriate and generally clear communication to exchange ideas and opinions.



Competent research into, and analysis and interpretation of, historical and contemporary dance works, practice, and issues in context, using different sources.

Considered evaluation of the relationships that interconnect in the process of staging dance.

Critical review of and reflection on dance, and considered evaluation of some dance processes.

Considered analysis and understanding of dance as a creative art form.



D

Some identification and understanding of the dance technique of a specific genre.

Some awareness of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally.

Some identification and recognition of the aesthetic qualities and technical possibilities in dance.


Basic technical skills and knowledge, with some understanding of how to apply safe dance practice.

Some exploration and selection of an idea or process towards creating a dance work or in the study of technique.

Some investigation and selection of movement choices in the creation of a dance work, with elements of a structure.

Some independent and collaborative performance or production skills.



Some skills in communicating to an audience, with some engagement, through practitioners’ on-stage or off-stage roles.

Some communication of aspects of choreographic intention.

Basic use of language and terminology with some relevance to the dance context.

Attempted communication to exchange ideas and opinions.



Some research into, and description of, one or more historical and contemporary dance works, practices, or issues, using more than one source.

Some consideration of the relationships that interconnect in the process of staging dance.

Superficial review of and reflection on dance, and some description of dance processes.

Description of dance as a creative art form.



E

Awareness of some basic dance technique of a specific genre.

Emerging awareness of the work of dance artists locally, nationally, or globally.

Emerging awareness of aesthetic qualities or technical possibilities in dance.


Emerging technical skills, with limited awareness of safe dance practice.

Attempted exploration and selection of an idea or process towards creating a dance work or in the study of technique.

Identification and attempted selection of movement choices.

Some attempt to work independently or collaboratively in performance or production.



Emerging skills when attempting communication of an idea to an audience.

Attempted communication of an aspect of choreographic intention.

Attempted use of some language or terminology with limited relevance to the dance context.

Emerging skills in communication of ideas or opinions.



Attempted search for information on historical or contemporary issues or practice, using at least one source.

Emerging recognition that relationships interconnect in the process of staging dance.

Identification of an element of dance or dance processes.

Identification and brief description of dance as a creative art form.






Page of Stage 2 Dance task for use in 2011

(October 2010)



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