CHOREOGRAPHY SCRIPT

Choreography basically is a dance form through which the performer / performers bring out certain themes. As a performance art it shares some of the features of a drama but is distinct from it as there will not be dialogues and props. We are using choreography as a pedagogical tool for facilitating language acquisition and also to help the learners develop deeper understanding of the poem. At the higher level we use it also for critical appreciation of the poem.
As a written discourse, the choreography script will have the following features:
  • identification of the main theme and stanza wise themes.
  • identifying manifestation of the theme as instances / events taken from real life
  • identifying the characters involved in the events and their actions
  • creating the setting through the actions of the chorus
  • sequencing the actions
  • maintaining proper layout of the script
  • using appropriate expressions for capturing the actions and movements of the characters and the chorus.
See the choreography script of the first stanza of the poem, Ă„nother Woman” taken from Class 10 Textbook.
  1. Name of the poem: Another Woman
  1. The theme/ themes of the first stanza
     (This morning she bought green ‘methi’ in the market ... and cooked the whole thing in the pot over the stove, shielding her face from the heat) The hardships of a woman as a homemaker. The uncordial relationship between the woman and her mother-in-law
  1. Instances of the theme
    A woman does all household work, goes to market and buys vegetables, returns home, starts cooking Her mother – in law scolds her for no obvious reasons
  1. Locations 
  • the interior of a house
  • the market
  • the kitchen
5. Characters involved
  • The woman ( the protagonist)
  • Her mother – in law
  • The chorus for setting the location
  • The vegetable vendors
  • Two or three people
  • 6 to 8 performers to set the different locations
  1. Sequence of actions
Scene 1The chorus enters the stage and pose themselves in such a way that a visual effect of a house is created.
  • The woman mops the floor
  • The mother-in law comes from indoors and scolds the woman
  • The mother –in law commands the woman to go out
  • The woman goes out
  • All performers exit the stage
Scene 2: The chorus enters and creates the setting of a market
  • Two vegetable vendors sit on the ground and selling vegetables
  • One person buy vegetables
  • Two or three people enter the market and exit
  • The woman enters
  • She chooses vegetables and bargains with the vendor
  • She collects vegetables and exit
  • All performers exit
Scene 3: The chorus enters the stage and pose themselves in such a way that a visual effect of a house is created.
  • The woman enters from outside
  • The mother-in law comes from indoors and scolds the woman for being late
  • The mother –in law commands the woman to cook fast
  • She keeps the pot on the stove
  • The woman cuts vegetables
  • The mother-in law comes near and scolds the woman
  • All performers exit the stage