This essay critique should include an introduction paragraph, stating what two video’s have been seen and general information about them(many of these details are given to you below). Then three support paragraphs: one about your thoughts/opinions on the first video, one about your thoughts/opinions on the second video and one comparing/contrasting the two videos. Your last paragraph will be a conclusion paragraph that summarizes everything. Each paragraph should have a minimum of six sentences. Please feel free to do outside research about these works/pieces to help support your thoughts.
You will have a video critique due at the end of the semester. For the video critique, you will watch two videos that your are given links to. You will be given all the program information for the two pieces you have to watch, but it is advised to do outside reach to support your thoughts. Make sure you include details about costumes, props, movements and genres of dance you see in the videos.
You should write your critique with the idea that your readers have not seen the pieces and have no knowledge of them. You must paint a clear picture of the pieces without just writing step by step details of the story you envision. Think about the important details and how you can discuss them in an interesting way to grab your readers.
The critique will be in five paragraph essay format, with a minimum of five sentences in each paragraph. The critique will start with an introduction paragraph that clearly states what two pieces you saw and all the details about each piece. You must also have a thesis that tells the reader what you will be discussing in the body of the essay. You will following with three support paragraphs. First one covers the details of first piece, second the details of the second piece and third you will be comparing and contrasting the two videos. Think about not only the similarities but also the differences of the two pieces. Ask yourself questions about the movements, genres, choreographers, time in history, costumes, dancers and more. This fourth paragraph is the meat of your critique and very important section! Finally you will wrap it up in the fifth paragraph for the reader, briefly recapping the important items and helping the reader know why these details are relevant.
Shoeless Joe Ballet from “Damn Yankees” (1955)
Choreography by Bob Fosse
Dance Music Arrangements by Roger Adams
Video Performance here is in “Fosse” the Musical 2001
The Traitor (1954)
Choreography by Jose Limon
Music by Gunther Schuller
Limón’s interpretation of the story of Judas Iscariot and the betrayal of Christ, this work alluded to the McCarthy era and the Red Scare when it was created in 1954. The protagonist symbolizes those men, who, loving too much, must hate; men who turn against their loyalties, friends, and country to betray them to the enemy.
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