The 1960’s - Rooster
In expressive arts we are studying the theme of the 60’s. In our
lesson we watched a dance called “Rooster”.
Rooster was created for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and
first performed on October 10 1991 at the Grand Theatre de Geneve,
Switzerland. It was first performed by Rambert Dance Company on 8
December 1994 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Christopher Bruce (the
choreographer), wished to celebrate the music and to use the qualities
of the song to reflect the "sexual war" between women and men that he
felt was revalent during his teenage years. He compared the image of a
strutting cockerel with its fine feathers and the men dressed up to go
out. Rooster is a creation of the 1960’s by using music, dance,
gesture and costume to create the feeling of a Saturday night out.
My first impression of the dance was very strange, as it opened with a
man moving across the stage in a very strange way. A style of walk
that the man did was a move where he slid his feet along the floor and
jutted his head forward. This move reminded me of a bird, and was
actually named the “rooster strut”. There are about 10 people in this
dance, but there are 2 main dances throughout. I believe it shows what
a normal night out in the 60’s was like.
The costumes are very significant to the dance. The women wear a mini
skirts, this relates to the 60’s because this was very fashionable at
this time. It is a combination of black and red. This contrast in
colours is significant because many colours in the 60’s were usually
contrasting. E.g. black and white. The black and red may also
represent feathers, like a rooster. The men wear black trousers,
velvet suits, and bright colours for their shirts; this reflects the
dazzling, flashy mood of the swinging 60's.
The centre stage is illuminated initially enabling the opening dancer
to walk into the area whilst performing the "rooster strut". There are
occasional contrasts where lighting fills the stage. This may be
representing a disco or party, which again relates to the setting as
it shows the audience a typical night out in the 60’s.
The music is by the Rolling Stones who were popular between 1964 and
1969 who performed in a rhythm and blues style. They use a different
song for each dance. The first song seems very beaty and active, the
second song seems more slow and relaxed, and the...