Concert Response Critique Format

Attend one of the approved dance concerts from the list provided in class. Choose one dance or one scene to write your entire paper about. Your paper must follow the format below, using appropriate headings and spacing as given. All answers must be written in complete sentences with correct grammar and spelling. Your ticket must be attached to the back of your paper.

Cover Sheet

  • Your name
  • Name of Course
  • Name of Concert
  • Name of dance or scene chosen
  • Date of concert

Part 1

Outline Description of the chosen dance/scene: Use five or more complete sentences to discuss each item.

Dancers (number, gender, age):

  • Costumes (color, design, time period, fabric, makeup, hair):
  • Set (describe the stage space):
  • Props (anything manipulated by the dancer):
  • Music (live, recorded, instrumental, vocals, words):
  • Lighting (general, specific, color, mood):

Part 2
Interpreting the work: Use five or more sentences to discuss each question.

1) What is the theme or idea of the work?

a. Is it an exploration of a movement or design idea? If so what is being explored?
b. Does it tell a story? Provide a brief synopsis of the storyline.
c. Is it ceremonial or ritual? Discuss it’s purpose.
d. Does it explore an emotion, mood, or specific concept? Discuss what is being explored.

2) Discuss how the theme or idea of the dance relates to something in your life.


Part 3
Constructive Critical Response: Use five or more sentences to discuss each question.

1) What do you think you learned about the choreographer?

2) Assess the performers:

a. Did they conduct themselves in a professional manner?
b. Was each dancer well rehearsed, confident, and knew what they were doing?
c. Did each dancer clearly communicate the choreographer’s intent?

3) Identify and discuss one aspect of the piece/scene that really worked for you and why. (casting, costumes, music, lighting, title, set, props)

4) Identify and discuss one aspect of the piece/scene that you would want to make stronger and how you would do that. (casting, costumes, music, lighting, title, set, props)

5) Discuss one person you know that would relate and enjoy the work, and why.

6) Would this scene/dance be received by an audience in the same manner if it had been done fifty years ago? One hundred years ago? Why or Why not?