Gilbert High School Black 2014 - Stirling
Okay, so one of my absolute favorite things to watch for are the motifs that are evident within a show. What I mean by this is, I love watching for moments that foreshadow future features or moves. A GREAT demonstration of this is in Gilbert Black’s 2014 show—with which I happen to be slightly obsessed.
Certain flag moves and body movements are done by the performers that show up later in the show— things like one-handed cartwheel at :10 (again at :35 and 2:26), the stylized kick at :23 (again at :48 and 3:57… and 4:07), and the flag movement at 1:34 (…again at 3:10), sabre-leg involvement at 2:02 (3:40), and the circular movement of the same element around soloists at 1:05 (1:11 & 2:36).
As a spectator, these little cues give me insight to what the director wanted me to watch, and it gives me an ‘inside scoop’ akin to an inside joke that triggers those fuzzy, happy feels as I watch.
As a judge, seeing different performers achieve the same movements at different times, I am able to see development through the guard of similar skills (a sense of training), BUT, I don’t have the privilege of comparing these skills side-to-side… advantage: guard!
Not to mention, this makes sense! Throughout a piece there are moments that sound similar, and others that are structured the same. While doing the same thing over and over again is not the smartest thing as a designer, doing the same things with varying degrees of intensity (which can be changed by body emphasis, number of people doing the action, location on the floor) aids in building your DA score.