The performance went really well, the movements were synchronised with the music and feelings it provoked which rendered a wholesome portrayal of themes retainable by the audience members. After the performance we received quite positive feedback and people said that they really enjoyed the way the costume clearly conveyed the weight on her arms. Some people thought of themes involving slavery which i thought was very interesting as it did indeed look like she was handcuffed and this works in regards to having the inability to move her arms when she wants to; she has no control. The audience members equally enjoyed the costume; people liked the use of birdseeds in tights to create the hands as they found it natural and textured like skin, as well as really appreciating the chain and how heavy it looked.
Some offered the idea that it the performer reminded them of a child, and we discussed the possibility that this thought may have been provoked by the music. Some of the emotions evoked included sadness/distress, the feeling of being trapped, tired, etc. If I were to add to this performance piece or plan it again, I think that I might experiment with movements behind the performer's back and what effect would be created if she was stuck with her arms dragging in her back. I might also search for music reflecting a more lazy, drained atmosphere; such as: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmAD4gcLMo (provides a weighted feeling) or something deep and slow such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDX8QrcDI_o.
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