Choreography is the highly creative process of interpreting and coordinating movement, music and space in performance. By tracing different facets of development and exploring the essential artistic and practical skills of the choreographer, this book offers unique insights for apprentice dance makers. With key concepts and ideas expressed through an accessible writing style, the creative tasks and frameworks offered will develop new curiosity, understanding, skill and confidence. The chapters cover the key areas of engagement including what is a choreographer?; getting started; improvisation and ideas; context, stage geometry and atmosphere; movement as dance in time and space; solo, duet, trio and group choreography and finally, structure and the 'choreographic eye'. This is an ideal companion for dancers and dance students wanting to express their ideas through choreography and develop their skills to effectively articulate them in performance.
Kate Flatt has over forty years' experience as a choreographer and choreography teacher. She has worked nationally and internationally, choreographing in dance, text-based theatre, film, musicals, opera and notably on the original Les Miserables with the RSC. Trained in ballet and contemporary dance, she has also travelled widely, researching vernacular dance forms in their traditional context. She has studied with Nina Fonaroff, Glen Tetley and Robert Cohan, and assisted Leonide Massine of the Ballets Russes early in her career. She is a highly experienced teacher, mentor and guide to choreographers moving between a range of performance media at all stages of their careers.
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