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GCSE Dance - Full of Lighting questions. A dance question paper skewed towards Lighting?

#1 User is offline   paulears 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:38 PM

I've been helping some people struggling with exams, and I grabbed some past question papers to try to help them, expecting the usual dance stuff, and last years AQA exam was very odd!
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1 (a) Name both the set and lighting designers for dance work 1.
Set designer: ................................................................................................................
Lighting designer: .........................................................................................................


1 (b) Describe two features of the set design or lighting of dance work 1.
......................................................................................................................................

1 © How does the lighting contribute to the mood / atmosphere of dance work 1?
......................................................................................................................................

Then they asked about the set. Only then did they ask any questions about the dancing!

It's nice to know that they're even aware of lighting!

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:56 PM

That truely is odd. Are the dance pieces set productions they have to learn or any they have ever seen? Sounds like you could get 1/2 marks by making something up that would be hard to prove wrong with out researching every paper. And then it appears that the other 50 odd % of the marks aren't even on Critical Appreciation of Dance, more how would you create some dance. Surely this should be write a review on a piece of dance you have seen taking in to acount the lighting, set, sound and costume..?
(Incidentally they ignored sound in the initial questions..!)

But nice to know they are aware of lighting!
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:05 PM

My GCSE Drama paper gave a choice of answering 3 of 5 questions. One was on set, another on lighting, one on direction, the other two on actual acting of any form. Suffice to say, the only reason I passed was the Lighting and Set questions!

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:40 PM

40% of the marks are for writing, and in reality the lighting questions are about 20%ish of the full marks for that paper - so not really consequential. My only interest is in the examiners - they will be dance specialists, so their own knowledge of lighting and set can only be based on what these elements do? However, it would be interesting to see how they allocate the marks, and what for.

To save looking - here's what the mark scheme says - thanks to AQA.

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1 (a) Name both the set and lighting designer for dance work 1. (2 marks)
1 mark for each accurate citation of appropriate set and lighting designer eg ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – John B Read, set designer – Hayden Griffin.
Birdsong: Set design Sam Collins (1),
Lighting design Adrian Plaut (1)
Faultline: Set design Dick Straker (1)
Lighting design Lucy Carter (1)
Ghost Dances: Set design Christopher Bruce (1)
Lighting design Nick Chelton (1)
Nutcracker!: Set design Anthony Ward (1)
Lighting design Howard Harrison (1)
Overdrive: Set design none/no set designer etc (1)/Charles Balfour (1)
Lighting design Charles Balfour (1)
Perfect: Set design Simon Dormon (1)
Lighting design Mark Parry (1)
Romeo and Juliet: Set design Nicholas Georgiadis (1)
Lighting design William Bundy (1)/John B Read (1)
Rosas: Set design none (1)/Anne Teeresa de Keersmaeker (1)
Lighting design none (1)/Remon Fromont (1)
‘Still Life’: Set design Hayden Griffin (1)
Lighting design John B Read (1)
Swansong: Set design Christopher Bruce (1)
Lighting design David Mohr (1)
Dance Tek Warriors: Set design none/no set designer etc. (1)/Katie Dawson (1)
Lighting design Bill Deverson (1)
And Who Shall go to the Ball:
Set design Torsten Neeland (1)
Lighting design Guy Hoare (1)
N.B. Positive marks should be awarded for none/no set designer or similar responses for Dance Tek Warrior and Overdrive.
Accept phonetically accurate attempts and surnames on their own.
1 (b) Describe two features of the set design or lighting for dance work 1. (2 marks)
Up to 2 marks available for accurate description of the set design or lighting. The following list is not exhaustive but descriptions can include eg colour, size, shape, patterns, props, types of lighting, intensity, staging, projections etc.
N.B. Each description can only be awarded once.
1 © How does the lighting contribute to the mood/atmosphere of the dance work 1? (3 marks)
Up to 3 marks available for appropriate contributions of the lighting to the mood;
example:
Mark Scheme – General Certificate of Secondary Education Dance – 42301 – June 2012
4
In Ghost Dances the lighting is dark blue when the ghosts are dancing, suggesting a cold, creepy environment (1). When the villagers are on stage the lighting is brighter suggesting a happier mood (1). At the end of a section the lighting changes to green/yellow spotlights on the villagers who have been lifted by the ghosts to suggest they have been killed. This lighting change emphasises a sudden change in the mood which is now frightening (1).
N.B The answer must refer to the use of lighting with a link to mood/atmosphere.
Name dance work 2 and the choreographer.
Dance work 2 …………………………………………………………………………
Choreographer: …………………………………………………………………………
2(a) Name both the set and lighting designer for dance work 2. (2 marks)
1 mark for each accurate citation of appropriate set and lighting designer e.g.
‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – John B Read, set designer – Hayden Griffin
Birdsong: Set Design Sam Collins (1),
Lighting design Adrian Plaut (1)
Faultline: Set design Dick Straker (1)
Lighting design Lucy Carter (1)
Ghost Dances: Set design Christopher Bruce (1)
Lighting design Nick Chelton (1)
Nutcracker!: Set design Anthony Ward (1)
Lighting design Howard Harrison (1)
Overdrive: Set design none (1)/Charles Balfour (1)
Lighting design Charles Balfour (1)
Perfect: Set design Simon Dormon (1)
Lighting design Mark Parry (1)
Romeo and Juliet: Set design Nicholas Georgiadis (1)
Lighting design William Bundy (1)/John B Read (1)
Rosas: Set design none (1)/Anne Teeresa de Keersmaeker (1)
Lighting design none (1)/Remon Fromont (1)
‘Still Life’: Set design Hayden Griffin (1)
Lighting design John B Read (1)
Swansong: Set design Christopher Bruce (1)
Lighting design David Mohr (1)
Dance Tek Warriors: Set design none (1)/Katie Dawson (1)
Lighting design Bill Deverson (1)
And Who Shall go to the Ball:
Set design Torsten Neeland (1)
Lighting design Guy Hoare (1)
Positive marks should be awarded for none/no set designer or similar responses for Dance Tek Warrior, and Overdrive.
Accept phonetically accurate attempts and surnames on their own.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

It is good that the technical aspects are being asked in these exams. If it increases awareness among dancers it can't be a bad thing.

 maeterlinck, on 18 May 2013 - 01:56 PM, said:


(Incidentally they ignored sound in the initial questions..!)


From my experience of Dance Teachers I guess the questions on sound might go something like this:

Which sound source is most appropriate for a dance performance
A) 1983 cassette which has been re-recorded 25 times
B) MP3 file ripped from Youtube and played from a mobile phone with a proprietary output socket.

Give reasons for your choice. If none write NONE.
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

 ojc123, on 18 May 2013 - 05:55 PM, said:


From my experience of Dance Teachers I guess the questions on sound might go something like this:

Which sound source is most appropriate for a dance performance
A) 1983 cassette which has been re-recorded 25 times
B) MP3 file ripped from Youtube and played from a mobile phone with a proprietary output socket.

Give reasons for your choice. If none write NONE.

You forgot
C) A scratched CD-R containing badly digitised of either or both of the above and not critical if it has been finalised or not.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:20 PM

Or D) the most perplexing arrangement a dance student has ever managed to hand me:
A DVDRW containing a blank windows movie maker project with no source files.

Naturally this was on exam morning, prompting a rush to buy said track on iTunes.

Back on topic, having worked in a centre that teaches that spec of GCSE Dance, I helped out the dance dept with some of the lighting work. GCSE Drama has similar areas of study, but not as in depth unless you take the technical option for the practical work.
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:24 PM

You forgot to note that it is absolutely critical that the CD / Cassette / whatever does not have thracks ordered in a useful way, and the required track is "somewhere" several tracks in. Extra marks if the user actually knows the track number, but gets it wrong.
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:52 AM

Don't forget that you need to start the track from 17.3 seconds in.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:05 AM

Then cross fade from track 3 IN to track 1

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

I got a video (flv) to play for a dance act on the weekend.

I died a little inside. :(
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:36 AM

"The venue doesn't have WiFi? That might be a problem - our track is on youtube"

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:48 AM

 Shez, on 20 May 2013 - 09:36 AM, said:

"The venue doesn't have WiFi? That might be a problem - our track is on youtube"

You missed a bit:- "What are YOU going to do about it? can you download it onto your phone?"
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