Task 3: Observing and analysing the features of Odissi

Dance (Ages 11-14)
Task 3: Observing and analysing the features of Odissi
Key Message: 
  • Odissi has key features that distinguish it from other forms of (Indian) dance
Objectives: 
  • Introduce students to Odissi performance
  • Analyse aspects of Odissi style and performance
Outcomes: 
  • Students will recognise some aspects of Odissi
  • Students will develop analytical skills and language
Resources: 
  • Projection equipment
  • List of categories from Session 2
Plan: 

Starter

Show the class the list of categories of features that contribute to dance styles from Activity 2 and run through them.

If you set the Task 2 extension activity, this is an opportunity to share the research.

Activity

Play video MV Dance Resource 3.1 Odissi analysis sequence (3 minutes). 

Optional: The first time you play it through, give little introduction other than explaining that students will watch a short Odissi dance performance.  Ask them for observations.

Show the class the list of categories of features that contribute to dance styles from Activity 2 and run through them.  Play the analysis sequence again and then ask the students to describe each feature as they observe it in the sequence.  For example, the category of “Movement” could include “controlled”, “delicate”, “expressive”, “lots of foot movements”.  This can be done in pairs or small groups with feedback to the whole group.  Record feedback on your list.

You can show the video or parts of it again as appropriate to your group.

Plenary

Refer to the theme, “Different backgrounds, common ground”.  Can students think of aspects of other dance styles that have similarities with features of Odissi?  You can refer to your list.

Extension

Students can search online for other Odissi performance videos and record and share their research.