• Alston in Overdrive
  • Alston in Overdrive
  • Alston in Overdrive
  • Alston in Overdrive
  • Alston in Overdrive

Alston in Overdrive

Alston in Overdrive

Service Pack: Core Service

Subject: PE

An in-depth analysis of Richard Alston's 2003 piece Overdrive mapped to the AQA GCSE dance syllabus.

An in-depth analysis of Richard Alston's 2003 piece "Overdrive".

Alston in Overdrive is an essential resource for students and teachers of dance, music and the performing arts.

Developed in partnership with 'The Place', this online resource offers a comprehensive analysis of how the choreography of "Overdrive" is structured, as well as a detailed discussion of Terry Riley's music "Keyboard Study #1".

The lessons have been created for Key Stage 4 study and underpin the subject matter learning required for this key stage, both practically and theoretically.

The resource consists of six practical and six theory lessons, each developing students' understanding of "Overdrive" by Richard Alston.

Students will study a variety of principles evident in "Overdrive", as well as learn repertoire and develop movement that will build on the different facets of their creative ability.

The films for each lesson will help underpin the learning and students will experience movement as presented to them both in the rehearsal studio and a formal performance environment.

The theory lessons are designed to guide the student into the work and should, ideally, be taught alongside the practical lessons if possible. Each theory lesson will guide the student through the constituent features of the work, culminating in a well rounded understanding. The final theory lesson draws everything together, setting up a response to an extended essay question.

The online resource offers the embed codes for all the video material, so teachers can embed the video content within a learning platform to develop the learning beyond the confines of the school day.

The resource includes:

  • Full performance of "Overdrive" by Richard Alston Dance Company
  • Teaching demonstration material
  • Interview with Richard Alston in which he talks about his work and his choreographic process
  • Interviews with Terry Riley and Steffan Schleiermacher discussing the score
  • New lesson plan material to support all the online video resources.

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