An Analysis Of Christopher Bruce's 'Little Red Rooster'

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Creative Arts has been a commentary on political and social issues throughout the world, through a use of both movement and non-movement elements. This enables the message of the dance to be successfully conveyed through a variety of attributes. Rooster is an energetic and entertaining piece that features Christopher Bruce’s perspective of the world in the Sixties, which are the era of a cultural revolution and the rise of feminism. The Oppression of women is portrayed through dance and lyrical movement throughout the performance. As Tears Go By and Ruby Tuesday are Christopher Bruce’s most successful performances that include the oppression of woman, however, the analysis of Little Red Rooster and Paint it Black can also accurately suggest…show more content…
In this song, the male dancer changes into a ‘little red rooster’ by jolting his head back and forth (00:23-00:30), accentuating the forwards jolts, ultimately conveying to the audience the character he is representing. His adjustment of his tie and slicking his hair back (00:33-00:40) mimics the distinctive grooming aspect of a rooster. The well designed, flamboyant costuming provokes the image of him being proud and arrogant. An example from this section that summarizes the meaning of this “mating dance” would be when the dancer is in a lunge position (00:56- 01:56), he then makes a large arm movement that goes down to the ground then circulates up, continuing the dance for a minute. This movement shows the “cockiness” of the male rooster and again emphasises the preening which is another form of a mating ritual. The costuming and literary movements worked well in conveying the lyrics and rhythm of the song. Contradicting with the performance of Rooster, As Tears Go By is about a story of love, elation and then heartbreak, no arrogance is existent, and the compassion between the female and male is shown through the movements as well as non-movement attributes such as lyrics and

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