Unaipon (2004)

Next Steps

Transfer and apply information in one setting to enrich another.

  • Write or find a story that describes loss of identity as a result of major disruption and/or displacement.
  • Use mime to describe the story through movement. Exaggerate and simplify the movements so that the gestures become easy to see.
  • Explore different dynamics as you vary your movements, and detirmine the dance motifs that are a fundamantal to your story.

Make dance sequences and experiment with a range of options when seeking solutions and putting ideas into action.

  • Select your favourite parts of your ‘story’ making sure that you keep a mixture of different travelling movements. Repeat this sequence so that you are able to perform it in the same way each time.
  • Teach your sequence to another student or small group.
  • Choose a series of different sounds or play different pieces of music to accompany the movement. Which suits the mood /ideas of your dance best?
  • Experiment with facing different directions and travelling to different parts of the room whilst performing your sequence.

Explore situations using creative thinking strategies to propose a range of alternatives.

  • Try performing your dance sequence at the same time as several other people. Try performing your sequence close to another person.
  • Watch another group do this with their sequences. What do you see?  Can you watch all of them at once or do you focus on one then another? 
  • Organise your sequences so that there is a point where you meet. What happens if you cross or interrupt each other’s sequences?  Create a new duo section you could perform together (you might drop or pass your object and the other person picks it up and/or uses it).
  • How else could you link or contrast these sequences?

Explain and justify ideas and outcomes.

  • What could you call your dance? What kind of costume or set could you make or choose to go with your dance? Why have you made these choices?
  • How is the movement of the body used to represent your idea/s?
  • How did the dancers use space and energy to create the ideas/feelings in this dance?
  • Which elements of dance were used?
  • What could you learn from watching people and creating sequences based on their movements?
  • What movements could you learn, and use in a dance, based on everyday activities and other cultural practices?