Appalachian Spring Analysis

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Appalachian Spring first appeared at the Library of Congress on October 30th, 1944. The ballet was conceived and choreographed by Martha Graham while settings were created by Isamu Noguchi. Often production elements, such as costumes music and lighting, can impact and add dynamics to a production. After watching the full thirty minute recording of Appalachian Spring, overall I found these elements to be a positive contribution to the work. The performers enter the space one by one, beginning with the preacher Bertram Ross followed by the wife Martha Graham, the husband Stuart Hodes, finally the worshippers a group of four women that included Yuriko, Helen McGehee, Ethel Winter, and Miriam Cole. The final performer Matt Tumey who portrays…show more content…
Ross is wearing an all black outfit that includes a top hat, long coat, slacks, and dress shoes. Both Graham and Tumey are in long dresses with their hair pulled back into buns. Graham is in a light, presumably white colored dress while Tumey wears a darker colored dress. These distinguishing colors help the audience to understand who the bride is, which is an important realization to understand the plot. The husband, Hodes is wearing dark slacks with a white button up and vest, along with a tie around his neck and dress shoes. Finally his hair is neatly slicked back. The final four worshippers wore the same dresses that had white puffy sleeves and a dark skirt, accompanied by a white bonnet. Overall the costumes played a positive roll in the story line of Appalachian Spring because they helped to show which character the performer was portraying as well as their importance to the piece. The music for this ballet was created by Aaron Copland and kept as he originally scored it. Since this ballet this compilation has become a very popular and well known orchestral suite. The music…show more content…
With the lack of lighting in this video performers often held poses in the background so they would not draw attention away from the soloist. Later in the piece attention was drawn to the wife in another way. The four worshippers circled around her as she crouched to the floor. This drew my attention from the wife to the worshippers, as she crouched it changed her lighting because the shadows of the worshipers was cast upon her making her dress appear darker and blend in with the dark lower wall behind

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