Describe the choreographic style of Christopher Bruce, and explain how it is reflected in Rooster.
Christopher Bruce began his career as an impressive dancer, but as a choreographer he is nothing less that passionate and humane. He enjoys making people feel something and people come to theatres to see just that and his ability to fuse contemporary technique with an important relationship to ballet. Being greatly inspired by humanity, Bruce deliberately incorporates issues in society into his pieces and as a part of his choreographic style, through use of historical references and reflection, which are placed into a context that would interest and involve a current audience.
He recognizes that ballet is an important part of dance, but tries to break down the barriers between contemporary and ballet in his choreography. His motto is that 99% is technique and 1% is inspiration and with this ideal he begins to choreograph his pieces. Versatility is very important for his dancers to have in achieving the best results to suite his choreography.
In his early works there was a deliberate decision to avoid expression and music was not added till after he had completed the choreography. Unlike these pieces which are socially and
Although his approach was different for Rooster it still portrays heavily the elements which Bruce"tms choreography holds signature to. It incorporates his use of issues in context to society, symbolism, use of other dance forms and the close relationship between movement and music, which compliment each other in the creation of atmosphere and emotion. Illusions to the use of drugs can be recognized in Ruby Tuesday with the lead dancer always playing with her hair, her general expressionless appearance and the lyrics mentioning her absence of mind, "she comes and goes"tm, "Don"tmt question why she needs to be so free"tm. In Paint it Black, the vibrant red shirt on the lead dancer has more to do with his outstanding hate and anger and frustration, while in Ruby Tuesday the dull red couloured dress shows her dying and fading anger and frustration. Each song is separate but work together dynamically in building the sixties atmosphere and theme. Although there is a large range of dynamic and meaningful complexity in each song or separate piece, Bruce neatly ties them together in the end to conclude his initial and final inspirational idea of the sixties era. For example in Lady Jane the males would bow and give their hand to the ladies to commence dancing and in Playing with Fire both dancers take part in a popular sequence of pop steps; turns with a kick on the end and a quick twist around one another. politically bound, Rooster was choreographed and approached in a different way in order to communicate his inspiration and the issues that would develop from this in his choreography. In Rooster the use of the colours black and red are representation of anger, frustration, madness, lust, sex, depression, mourning and sadness. Although the style of movements in relation to his other works would remain contemporary and uniquely Bruce, Rooster was created in a slightly different way, and he began choreography after being inspired by the music of the "Rolling Stones"tm, the period of the sixties of which he was apart and the whole nostalgia of that era. Females in the other hand are more reserved with their movements and use small and subtle seductive movements to demonstrate their sexual liberation. Colours on the other hand are used throughout variety of Bruce"tms works to provoke the atmosphere and certain emotions or as symbolism of a person"tms emotional state or position. From the very beginning the symbolic rooster move, where the males stride rigidly with exaggeration to the neck and hands across the stage is used to identify their male dominance and pride as well as the re occurring straightening of the tie and combing of hair which were uniquely relevant to the 60"tms period and the Mods and Rockers. Both male and female costumes are very symbolic of the era, with men wearing tight suits with bright shirts and the girls in short skirts with feather bowers and neckties.