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Lecture 1

TDMV 120 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Anatomical Terms Of Motion, Wayne Mcgregor, Everytime

Theatre and Dance
Course Code
TDMV 120
Terry Wilson

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Evaluation of the feet and the plie
1. - Define
-Almost impossible to move without a plie
- Biochemistry of the plie
Hip flexion
Knee flexion
Ankle dorsiflexion
Rearfoot eversion
All performed in a closed kinetic chain
2. -Communication through the feet/plie
Physical thinking (moving a cup)
We are only aware of our bodies when something goes wrong.
How can we start using kinesthetic intelligence more generally in everyday life?
3. -When McGregor starts explaining about how to choreograph around shapes (letter T), he
and his dancers use their plie whenever there is an upper body movement coupled with playing
with different levels. (Head-body wave, shoulders)
-He also uses the plie before doing a step where the right knee opens up into a passe position
immediately followed by a small lunge.
-Since the passe was a very swift one, there was more use of the joints in the working leg (kinda
like picking up your bones) rather than a deep squishy plie like in ballet (prep into a passe)
-When McGregor starts choreographing to the letters “TED”, his dancers were asked to copy
aspects of his choreography.
-His choreography appears to be very springy and fast paced, allowing the use of the plie.
However, the only time where a relatively deeper plie was used was when McGregor and his
dancers prepared for a half turn. The male dancer had a slightly deeper plie followed by a
pirouette with a turned out passe than the female dancer who dragged her foot on the floor in a
coupe position.
-A lot of lunges were used which added larger movements to the choreography (more use of
-In general, during McGregor’s “exploration of space with the words TED”, the plie aided in the
travelling/pivoting whether it was backwards, forwards, or sideways.
-Plie used after a fall (Fall and recovery) for stability.
-Since a lot of the upper body movements were very fluid, a light yet energetic plie makes a
huge difference.
4. Duet
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