Writing about Yanira Castro's "The People to Come"
Attend Yanira Castro's "The People to Come" on Saturday Sept. 29 at the Marlboro Meeting House in "downtown" Marlboro (i.e. near the post office). The performance runs from 4:30 to 8:30pm and you can come in and out at any time. Please attend for an hour (or more if you want to).
After attending the performance, take time to reflect on what you saw/felt/heard and respond in writing.
Due: preferably Monday Oct. 1
(Memories of live performance fade quickly, so it is best to write soon after seeing the performance. However, if you are too swamped with work or other committments Sunday to complete the writing before Monday's class, you may turn the work in on Thursday.)
I will be curious to hear how you saw the dancing in the show through the lens of the movement experience you are having in class. You are welcome to talk about this in your written response.
I also asked the choreographer, Yanira Castro, what she is curious to hear about your experiences and her questions are below. You may use any of these as prompts for your response. (You DO NOT have to answer all of these questions in your homework. Pick and choose questions that make sense to you and allow you to dig below the surface of your experience to think more deeply about what you perceived.)
What was your experience of time during the event?
How did you create meaning? How did different elements of the work come to play in constructing meaning? (meaning is not necessarily narrative)
What was your relationship to the performers and did that change as the piece progressed?
In which ways did you see patterns, tasks and portraits emerge or manifest during the project?
In which ways did you participate in the event and how did that effect your experience of the event?
How did you experience structure or phrasing in the work?
In which ways was the process of the project transparent? In which ways was it opaque? How did that determine your relationship to the work?
What did you perceive to be your part/role in the project? Did that change?
Final Notes: In your assignment, please make note of what times you arrived at and left the performance, so that I know which sections of the material you saw.
Be patient with yourself in writing about this performance. Writing about movement is an acquired skill and many of you are taking your first steps in acquiring this skill. You do not need to know technical terms to describe the actions you see. Just use the day to day language you have at your command to point out what was important/noteable/significant/meaningful to you in what you saw. The act of describing key moments will help you clarify what about the work inspired particular thoughts or feelings in you as you watched.
Also, I know many of you are new to modern dance and contemporary performance. The show may be a very unfamiliar experience for you. You may not find a story. You may not know what the choreographer's intentions were. You do not have to. The complex array of observations, thoughts and feelings that arise in you during and after the performance ARE the meaning of the work...at least for you. Respect your own insights. After you have a chance to articulate these to yourself, we'll share ideas and discuss as a class.