Also s Sugar and Frizz perform they’re party piece the music builds up as the orphans are getting a bit restless because they re all expected to kick up to Sugar and Frizz but none of them really do. As the music changes throughout the scene it has an effect on the style of the choreography; the choreography goes from mimes and child-like movements into more of a highland fling.
This is also the case in Act 2. In the first scene of act 2, scene 7, at the beginning the music is flowing, to emphasis the arrival of the cupids from heaven.However when the cupids land the music becomes bouncier and hookier and this rubs off on the cupids dance movements as well. The cupid’s movements like the wiggle of the bum are the reflection of the music becoming more upbeat as hip wiggles to soft music wouldn’t look right.
The music goes back to the slower, afloat music to portray the love between Sugar and the nutcracker and also to show the love Clara feels for the nutcracker. Another way Bourne uses music to choreograph Nutcracker! S during scene 8 where all the individual sweets do their own dances and Princess Sugar is getting ready for her wedding to the nutcracker. The music used for the liquorices dance was a 3/4 time signature which reflects the Spanish, flamenco feel to the dance. The music has sharp accents yet still has the swinging rhythm due to it being a 3/4, which is also the same in many flamenco dances. The music used for the Knickerbockers glory is creepy and dark, just like the character Mathew Bourne is trying to portray him as.
The music repeats itself just as the swirling sauce does in the pudding. The music and choreography feels sickly and sloppy to the audience which is exactly what a Knickerbockers glory is in reality. When the marshmallow girls come on the music becomes bouncy and quick because Bourne is trying to portray that the girls don’t know where they’re going and are getting themselves really confused. The lightness of the music in comparison to the Knickerbockers glory slow and creepy music theft just been on makes it even more obvious that Bourne wants them to be classed as quite airy and confused.When the marshmallow girls are helping princess sugar get ready for her wedding Mathew Bourne picks a very well-known piece from the original Nutcracker. I think he does this not only because it is well-known but because he tune to it is easy to follow and because most of the dance is just miming, it’s easy to hit the beats of the tune. Showing the marshmallow girls as quite fake in this piece because they put on big fake smiles and laugh at her behind her back just adds to the characters that Bourne was trying to portray before.
The music is still light and bouncy, and using helps to imagine the scene as if it was in reality. Physical setting Bourne uses set design, part of the physical setting, to help choreograph Nutcracker! There are only two major changes in the set during the show Nutcracker! Forever they still play a big part in the story telling. Mathew Bourne always uses big set designs in his shows which I good because it makes it very clear and obvious to the audience where they are meant to be and helps them follow the story however it makes it hard for a change of set because it is so massive.The starting set is the bedroom of the orphanage.
Its dull and dark with grey walls, one big, dirty window and cracks in the walls. The only objects on the set, is a massive clock, a huge cupboard and 5 beds. The set helps straight away to portray that this isn’t a nice place to live and that the orphans are ongoing to be hard done by, so before any dancer has even entered the stage we already know what is going on. This is just backed up but other parts of the physical setting like the dull costumes, the props that imply they have to clean the orphanage and the dim lighting.This is such a massive contrast to the set of sweetie land in Act 2. The lips that represent the entrance to sweetie land are bright, pink and glittery.
The whole set is bright blue and pink and is a complete contrast to the dull set of the orphanage. It portrays that sweetie land is going to be fun, overstated, outrageous and bright, which s the complete opposite to what Act Is set portrayed. The sets are used to choreograph Nutcracker by telling the story before the dancers have even set foot on the stage to act it out for us.
Style Although Mathew Bourne is a contemporary choreographer he infuses lots of different styles into Nutcracker! For example with the individual sweets in sweetie land, in scene 9 with the wedding cake, although they are all doing the same movements they all have their own individual style like the marshmallow girls use ballet arms to show theft quite a soft sweet, the queries woman uses strong arms with flicked, spikes fingers to stick with the Spanish style and sharp taste of the sweet.The gobstoppers all have flexed feet and punchy, modern jazz arms to show they re hard and tough. The ballet style is also used in the Pas De Deuce between Princess Sugar and the Nutcracker in Act 2. All of her lifts were in a pas De chat style leg position and her arms were almost always in one of the five ballet positions. Her legs, when away from her body are also always in either attitude or arabesque.
He also was doing ballet movements by doing glissade and pas De bourse hills lifting her.However during their solos, Princess sugar was committing a more theatre craft feel by still doing some lyrical movements but the kicks and arm movements were stronger that before. The nutcrackers solo is a mix of contemporary and modern jazz as some of his lungs and jumps are very modern while his flexed feet and many of his arm positions are contemporary. Using different styles makes all the characters in Nutcracker! Have their own identity in a way and makes us understand what kind of character they are and what kind of personality they’re meant to have.