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Music & Movement activity; ages 6+

In the Fortune Teller scene movement and music are used together to create a wonderful spectacle. As well as the violinist playing music on stage, the dancers create sounds using movements called body percussion.

Can you put together different movements and sounds to create your own Fortune Teller scene?

1. Watch the Fortune Teller scene at the beginning of Act 2 of The Snow Queen (You can watch this on BBC iPlayer from 40:58-49:24). The music for the dancing is in fast 6s, with a ‘heavy beat’ or a ‘stress’ on the 1 and the 4. See if you can count along like this...

1...       2...       3…      4…      5…      6...

2. Make a list of all the different types of body percussion you saw, and then any others you can think of yourself. These can be things you do alone, or things you do with someone else. 

3. Now instead of counting the rhythm ‘1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6...’, choose some different body percussion movements to do on the ‘stressed’ beats on 1 and 4.

E.g.      1          2          3          4          5          6

Clap…             Click...            

Slap chest…                 Brush shoulder...

4. Now choose your favourites to do on repeat, and maybe teach them to someone else so you can do them together or use other things around you to make the sound.

E.g.      1          2          3          4          5          6

High 5 partner...            Tap a cup...      

Slap floor...                   Brush partner’s shoulder...

5.  Now play with different ideas and put your favourite ones together into a scene. You could change the beats you ‘stress’, use movements that don’t make sound, or try a completely different rhythm or a completely different piece of music!