9780415555302

A Choreographer's Handbook

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    9780415555302

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    0415555302

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 7/9/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

On choreography: "Choreography is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking"On rules: "Try breaking the rules on a need to break the rules basis"Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Jonathan Burrows explains how to navigate a course through the complex process of creating dance. He provides choreographers with fresh insights into the theory and practice of dance and guides them through the process of combining movement, sound, light and scenography to make a performance.Burrows' open and honest prose, gives the reader access to a range of exercises, meditations, principles and ideas on choreography that allow artists and dance-makers to find their own aesthetic process.Students, practitioners, teachers and theorists will find this detailed examination of key aspects of contemporary choreographic practice inspiring and invaluable.

Author Biography

Jonathan Burrows has toured and worked internationally as a dancer and choreographer and is currently a resident artist at Kaaitheater Brussels. In 2002 he was commended by the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in New York for his contribution to contemporary dance, and in 2004 received a New York Dance and Performance 'Bessie' for his work 'Both Sitting Duet'. He has made commissioned work for many companies, including William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt, Sylvie Guillem and The Royal Ballet. He is a visiting member of faculty at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and is a Visiting Professor at Hamburg University and Royal Holloway University of London.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Dancing Principlesp. 1
Materialp. 5
Habitsp. 7
Repetitionp. 8
Repetitionp. 11
Repetitionp. 13
Improvisation
Cut and paste
Choreographyp. 24
Formp. 28
Exploration
Riskp. 29
Subject
Inspiration
Stealing
Familiar movement
Choreography
Referencing other sources
Self-expressionp. 30
Contract
Performance space
Language
Choreographyp. 37
Breaking the rulesp. 41
Research
How and what?
Dramaturgy
Theory
Curiosityp. 43
Interview
Unfinished business
Questions
Principlesp. 49
Financial limitations
Studios
Funding applicationsp. 51
Preparation
Rehearsal schedule
Heavinessp. 54
Collaboration
Audiencep. 58
Originality
Paradoxp. 61
Technique
Parrot on your shoulder
Authenticity
Daily practice
Dancing
Style
Fiddlingp. 66
Virtuosityp. 76
Hoarding
Beginningsp. 78
Endingsp. 81
Keeping it going
Pacingp. 83
Dub reggae
Rate of change
Simple material
Desperationp. 87
Stillness and silence
Fear of being boringp. 91
Minimal and maximalp. 93
Does it work?
Showings
Mentoringp. 95
Other bodies
Statesp. 99
Distracting the self
Paradox
Choreography
Performance
Electric guitarsp. 102
Predictable and unpredictable
Expectationp. 107
Narrative
Ballet
Continuityp. 109
Continuity
Sectional pieces
Material
Make six things
Choreography
Flow
Relationp. 113
Relation
Solos, duos, trios, quartets
Ideasp. 119
Relation
Time
Rhythmp. 123
Timep. 128
Abstract dancep. 135
Counterpoint
Formal elements
Differencep. 138
Scores
Studios
Improvisationp. 141
Chance
Empty hands
Gamut of movements
Limitations
Laborious work
Philosophyp. 152
Place or space?p. 157
Audience
Facing the front
Confrontation
Humour
Failurep. 159
Audiencep. 165
Performance
Principlesp. 168
The marketplace
Earning a living
Administrating the work
Commissionsp. 172
Music
Collaboration
Silencep. 180
Textp. 185
Lighting
Technicians
Collaboration
Costumes
Shoes or no shoes?
Set design
Nudityp. 188
Titlesp. 196
Filming
History
Collaboration
Mirrors
Human-scalep. 198
Hierarchies
Dancer or choreographer?
In it or out of it?
Who owns what?p. 204
How can I simplify all of this?p. 208
Forget all thisp. 209
Bibliographyp. 210
Thanksp. 213
Biography of the authorp. 216
Indexp. 217
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