What does UNITY in dance mean?

by 리인
(Philippines)


What does UNITY in dance mean?? I really need the meaning as soon as possible..I'm a dance major and I'm going to report about UNITY and our dance teacher just simply said "search it in the internet"...my group mates are trying their BEST to search for it and they couldn't find it....that’s why I have to make a move....so please...

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Nov 15, 2012
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear 리인,

As far as I know, the word 'unity' does not have a specific meaning within the field of contemporary dance. However, dancers may use that expression indeed to refer to facts from our dancing experience. For example:

- When directing choreography for groups, you may insist on synchronization between dancers (what we call unison as well) or with the music, by asking for more 'unity'.

- When talking about the dramatic coherence of the choreographic vocabulary of a piece, you may refer to it as its general 'unity'.

- When talking about a technical sensation, in which the idea is to have a global perception of our dancing body instead of thinking movement as if it was executed by parts of the body, you may ask for a movement image of bodily 'unity'.

Etc., etc...

'Unity' is a very general term. It may have a specific meaning for a particular dance technique, dance genre or choreographic project. In that case, I can not know what your teacher has in mind. Otherwise, I believe the meaning of the word depends on the use that each person makes of it in each dancing context.

I hope this helps.

Warm regards,

Maria

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