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You will be writing a comparison/contrast paper using the Feldman Model as your structure. Please read all the handouts related to the paper before writing. Do not write two separate papers. Do not separate the dances’ information within the paper. Compare and contrast the dances throughout all sections. In the Analysis section, compare and contrast the dances through the elements. Attached is the instruction
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Your paper will follow this Feldman Model. Feldman Model – The Performance of Art Criticism Edmund Burke Feldman, a noted professor of art, developed a four-stage sequence for describing, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating works of art. The Feldman Model presented here, begins with the easiest task, describing the work of art, and progresses through logical problem solving stages to the most difficult, developing an informed judgment about the art. The Feldman Model encourages delayed judgment by requiring focus on visual facts before drawing conclusions. We have taken his visual art model and adapted it for viewing dance. INTRODUCTION – The introduction should include the “who, what, when, where” information about what you viewed. A good paper can also begin with a striking image or idea which you believe to be at the heart of your viewing experience. You don’t want the introduction to be dry and boring. You should also include a statement about what you intend to do in the paper. It does not need to be super long, but you should specifically mention the dances you are comparing. DESCRIPTION – the process of taking inventory Describe the style of dance and music. Describe the costumes, lights, scenery, theatre setting (in relation to performance). Describe performers and technical training. ANALYSIS – the process of finding relationships between elements in the work The use of body – body parts, body shapes, motion, groupings, partnering, relationships. The use of space – size (large vs. small moves), levels, directions, focus, floor patterns/pathways, spatial designs, use of symmetry/asymmetry, environment The use of time – speed (fast vs. slow), rhythmic patterns, simultaneous events, repetition, cause/effect, momentum, accents, pulse, stillness The use of energy – weight (strong vs. light), attack (sharp vs. smooth), quality of movement, dynamics, flow (bound vs. free flow) OVERALL STRUCTURE – how were the parts/scenes of dance arranged? How did the parts relate to the total event? INTERPRETATION – the process of finding out what a work of art means a.) What were the choreographer’s intentions in this dance? What was the artist trying to tell us? Is there a literal theme, movement theme, a social/political commentary, etc.? c.) Use evidence gathered during the description and analysis to arrive at a meaning of the work. Make an informed guess of the artist’s intentions. EVALUATION – the process of forming a judgment about the work of art Did the choreographer succeed in his/her intentions? Explain how/why. What affected you? What personal reactions did you experience? What are your final thoughts about these two dances? You are writing a 1,150-1,200-word paper comparing and contrasting two dances. You are using the Feldman Model as your paper structure. This is an analysis and comparison/contrast of works of art, although there is room in the final section for you to share some opinions. Do not label the paragraphs with the section letters. Label each section with its section title (Except the introduction). Readability and Mechanics Spelling, grammar, punctuation, proper sentence structure/ Do your statements make sense? Can the reader understand what you are trying to say? Organization Did you follow the Feldman model and label each section? Section titles in BOLD Comparisons/Contrasts Did you compare/contrast the dances ALL THROUGH THE PAPER? ▪ Introduction ▪ Description ▪ Analysis (Compare/contrast by element- body, space, time, energy) ▪ Interpretation ▪ Evaluation Tips Do not analyze each dance alone. Do not do a Feldman Model for each dance separately. This is a comparison/contrast paper. The dances should be compared and contrasted THROUGHOUT the entire paper. In the Analysis section, you should go through each element and compare/contrast the dances within that element (body, space, force, time). Do not watch the dance videos with preconceived ideas of what you think you should be seeing. Accept what you watch as pieces of art standing on their own merit. Assume that the instructor has not seen the dances and you are trying to help me see it through your descriptions. Don’t call artistic dance performances and concerts, “recitals” or “routines” or “plays” – recitals are for kids, routines are more for jazz competitions, studio material, drill teams, etc. and plays take place in the theatre with acting. A play with singing and dancing is called a “musical”. If your word processing program is showing you errors that need to be corrected, correct them! I’m amazed at some of the errors I see when your computer can help you fix so much. You may be surprised to see what reading sentences out loud or having someone read them to you out loud, can catch in terms of language errors. Titles of dances can be in italics or quotations. Usually if one of these dances was in a show, the name of the show would be in italics and the name of the dance in quotation marks, but in this paper we are using these dances as the MAIN performance so I will accept either quotation marks or italics. Additional terminology Pulse Imagery Combination Mood Tension Force Interaction Motivation Linear Mood Tension Force Manipulation Design Execution Expression Synchronized Gesture Transition Continuity Distinctive Vivid Resistance Aesthetic Focus Phrasing Light Loose Levels Angular Smooth Dynamic Flow Nuance Articulation Kinesthetic Projection Heavy Tight Bound Sharp Smooth Rhythm Artistry Tempo Horizontal Plane Frontal Plane Sagittal Plane Use these terms to describe directions within the dance.