CHOREOGRAPHER S HANDBOOK

CHOREOGRAPHER S HANDBOOK
Author: Jonathan Burrows
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781136974588
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Release: 2010-06-10
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 an active manifesto and shares his wealth of experience of choreographic practice to allow each artist and dance-maker to find his or her own aesthetic process.

Choreography

Choreography
Author: Kate Flatt
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781785006128
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Release: 2019-07-22
Editor: The Crowood Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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. It is superbly illustrated with 143 practical colour and black & white photographs and diagrams. Kate Flatt has over forty years' experience as a choreographer, mentor and teacher.

Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

Fifty Contemporary Choreographers
Author: Martha Bremser,Lorna Sanders
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781136828324
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Release: 2011-03-15
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A unique and authoritative guide to the lives and work of prominent living contemporary choreographers. Representing a wide range of dance genres, each entry locates the individual in the context of modern dance theatre and explores their impact. Those studied include: Jerome Bel Richard Alston Doug Varone William Forsythe Phillippe Decoufle Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Ohad Naharin Itzik Gallili Twyla Tharp Wim Vandekeybus With a new, updated introduction by Deborah Jowitt and further reading and references throughout, this text is an invaluable resource for all students and critics of dance, and all those interested in the fascinating world of choreography.

Speaking of Dance

Speaking of Dance
Author: Joyce Morgenroth
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781135884741
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Release: 2005-07-08
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft delves into the choreographic processes of some of America's most engaging and revolutionary dancemakers. Based on personal interviews, the book's narratives reveal the methods and quests of, among others, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Mark Morris. Morgenroth shows how the ideas, craft, and passion that go into their work have led these choreographers to disrupt known forms and expectations. The history of dance in the making is revealed through the stories of these intelligent, articulate, and witty dance masters.

William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography

William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography
Author: Steven Spier
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781136834905
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Release: 2011-08-23
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

William Forsythe’s reinvigoration of classical ballet during his 20-year tenure at the Ballett Frankfurt saw him lauded as one of the greatest choreographers of the postwar era. His current work with The Forsythe Company has gone even further to challenge and investigate fundamental assumptions about choreography itself. William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography presents a diverse range of critical writings on his work, with illuminating analysis of his practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book also contains insightful working testaments from Forsythe’s collaborators, as well as a contribution from the choreographer himself. With essays covering all aspects of Forsythe’s past and current work, readers are provided with an unparalleled view into the creative world of this visionary artist, as well as a comprehensive resource for students, scholars, and practitioners of ballet and contemporary dance today.

Dance Composition Basics

Dance Composition Basics
Author: Pamela Anderson Sofras
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781492571261
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Release: 2019-02-06
Editor: Human Kinetics, Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

If the saying “To be the best, you must learn from the best” holds true, then this book is gold for all aspiring dancers. Dance Composition Basics, Second Edition, doesn’t just feature the works and brilliance of dance and choreographic legends Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden—it is completely based on the choreographic operations and forms in three of their original works: Chants and Dreamer by King and Verge by Rhoden. All compositional exercises in the book are based on those three works, and the book itself is expertly crafted by Pamela Anderson Sofras, who has 34 years of experience teaching dance at the university level. Dance Composition Basics, designed for beginning dance composition courses, introduces dancers to choreography through a series of problem-solving activities. The activities are starting points for novice dancers to embark on their own attempts at choreography. Useful Tools The book offers several useful tools for instructors: 27 lesson plans that draw from and highlight selected portions of original compositions by King and Rhoden 33 reproducible assessment and self-evaluation forms An instructor guide that includes a sample course syllabus plus written exams for each chapter PowerPoint presentations to guide students through each lesson A web resource featuring online videos that are closely tied to the lesson plans and provide a richer learning experience for students; students can access this resource inside or outside of class Highly Valuable Video Resource The videos give students access to Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden, highly successful and respected choreographers, who share their processes and techniques. Many video clips show the choreographers working on the same movement concepts featured in the corresponding lesson. Students will see the choreographers in action with professional dancers as they develop the movement material for each dance. Because students get to see the choreographers and dancers struggling with the same creative concepts they have been assigned, these clips add tremendous value to Dance Composition. Book and Web Resource Organization The text is split into five chapters, each of which features several lessons based on that chapter’s choreographic concept. Each lesson contains the following: An introductory statement and a vocabulary list A warm-up to prepare the body and focus the mind Structured improvisations that help dancers understand the movement concepts of the lesson Problem-solving activities that allow dancers to apply the concepts presented in the improvisations Discussion questions to engage dancers and promote understanding Assessment rubrics to guide evaluation of each dancer’s learning At the end of the book, a glossary provides definitions for the vocabulary terms introduced in the chapters. The main menu of the web resource corresponds with the five chapters in the book. To guide students’ use of the videos, icons have been placed throughout the book, referring readers to additional information in the web resource. Reviewing the videos will provide further insight into the choreographic assignment. The web resource also contains all the discussion questions, assessments, and evaluations found in the book. Instructors can distribute these to students electronically or print them out. Instructors can also adapt the forms to meet their specific needs. The Learning Process Dance Composition takes students through a systematic learning process: reading about a concept, discussing the concept, seeing the concept played out on video with professional choreographers and dancers, and exploring the concept through their own movement ideas. Through this process, which includes structured improvisations, students discover a movement vocabulary and original dance phrases. They then more fully develop their movement ideas, with specific movement assignments, and are given feedback by their peers and the instructor. Invaluable Resource Dance Composition Basics, Second Edition, is an invaluable resource for dancers of all styles, from ballet to modern jazz, as it introduces them to some of the compositional structures used by professional choreographers. Through the carefully designed lessons in the book and the expert examples on the video clips, students can use this resource to take their first confident and exhilarating steps into the craft of choreography.

Dance Masters

Dance Masters
Author: Janet Lynn Roseman
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781136058264
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Release: 2013-04-15
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dance Masters is a lively ensemble of conversations with seven celebrated dancers and choreographers. In these intimate interviews, dance critic Janet Lynn Roseman probes the heart of dance: * The creative process * The role of dream and rituals * The interplay between dancer and audience * The spiritual aspects of performance These dance masters offer rare insights into the internal world of the artist as they reveal their philosophies on dance training, discuss their mentors, and speak candidly about the artistic process of dance-making and how it actually feels to dance.

The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies
Author: Douglas Rosenberg
Pages: 787
ISBN: 9780199981601
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Release: 2016
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies offers a full overview of the histories, practices, and critical and theoretical foundations of the rapidly changing landscape of screendance. Drawing on their practices, technologies, theories, and philosophies, scholars from the fields of dance, performance, visual art, cinema and media arts articulate the practice of screendance as an interdisciplinary, hybrid form that has yet to be correctly sited as an academic field worthy of critical investigation. Each chapter discusses and reframe current issues, as a means of promoting and enriching dialogue within the wider community of dance and the moving image. Topics addressed embrace politics of the body; agency, race, and gender in screendance; the relationship of choreography to image; constructs of space and time; representation and effacement; production and curatorial practice; and other areas of intersecting disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies features newly-commissioned and original scholarship that will be essential reading for all those interested in the intersection of dance and the moving image, including film and video-makers, dance artists, screendance artists, academics and writers, producers, composers, as well as the wider interested public. It will become an invaluable resource for researchers and professionals in the field.

Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance
Author: Adam Benjamin
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781136402685
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Release: 2013-10-18
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Making an Entrance is the first ever practical introduction to teaching dance with disabled and non disabled students. This clearly written, thought provoking and hugely enjoyable manual is essential reading whether you're just starting out or are already active in the field. Taking improvisation as his focus and as the starting point of choreographic exploration, Adam Benjamin asks what it has to offer as an art form and how it can be better used to meet the changing needs of dance education. In the theoretical section Benjamin explores the history of a disintegrated dance practice, placing it within the wider context of cultural and political movements. He questions what is meant today when we talk about 'inclusive' or 'integrated dance' and what we might expect of it. The book includes over 50 exercises and improvisations designed to stimulate and challenge students at all levels of dance. Benjamin also includes useful hints on the practicalities of setting up workshops covering issues as diverse a class size, the safety aspects of wheelchairs and the accessibility of dance spaces.

Jose Limon

Jose Limon
Author: June Dunbar
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781136653414
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Release: 2013-01-11
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jose Limn is universally recognized as one of the most important modern dancers of the 20th century. His technique is still taught at major colleges and dance schools; his dance company continues to revive his works, plus presents new works. His most famous work, The Moor's Pavanne, has been presented around the world by ballet and modern dance companies. This book presents a series of essays about Limn's life and works by noted scholars and dancers who were associated with Limn. It serves as a perfect introduction to his choreography and legacy. The book should appeal to fans of modern dance.

The Screen Combat Handbook

The Screen Combat Handbook
Author: Kevin Inouye
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9781351027403
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Release: 2020-05-11
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Screen Combat Handbook is an essential guide to navigating the unique challenges of putting combat on screen. Explore the process from the early stages of preproduction planning all the way through to editing and sound design, and everything in-between. This book uses practical instruction, examples, interviews, and illustrations to show how to plan, shoot, and assemble safe and effective fight sequences. It includes sections on thoughtful and practical design choices in set, wardrobe, props, and effects, preproduction planning, on-set protocol, fight choreography and coordination, shot planning and technical tricks, acting choices, effective cinematography, and impactful editing and sound design. It provides an invaluable resource for all those involved including directors, fight coordinators, actors and stunt players, and any filmmaker attempting to shoot an exciting action scene safely. Whether working on a no-budget indie production or on a professional set, this is your ultimate guide to screen combat and fight choreography.

Footnotes

Footnotes
Author: Douglas Dunn,Elena Alexander,Marjorie Gamso,Ishmael Houston-Jones,Jill Johnston,Kenneth King,Yvonne Meier,Sarah Skaggs
Pages: 169
ISBN: 9057010429
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Release: 1998
Editor: Elsevier
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This is a book ... about how and what six individuals, whose chosen art form is dance-making, think about that activity in a broader and deeper sense"--Foreword.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics
Author: Rebekah J. Kowal,Gerald Siegmund,Randy Martin
Pages: 848
ISBN: 9780190654733
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Release: 2017-01-03
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In recent decades, dance has become a vehicle for querying assumptions about what it means to be embodied, in turn illuminating intersections among the political, the social, the aesthetical, and the phenomenological. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics edited by internationally lauded scholars Rebekah Kowal, Gerald Siegmund, and the late Randy Martin presents a compendium of newly-commissioned chapters that address the interdisciplinary and global scope of dance theory - its political philosophy, social movements, and approaches to bodily difference such as disability, postcolonial, and critical race and queer studies. In six sections 30 of the most prestigious dance scholars in the US and Europe track the political economy of dance and analyze the political dimensions of choreography, of writing history, and of embodied phenomena in general. Employing years of intimate knowledge of dance and its cultural phenomenology, scholars urge readers to re-think dominant cultural codes, their usages, and the meaning they produce and theorize ways dance may help to re-signify and to re-negotiate established cultural practices and their inherent power relations. This handbook poses ever-present questions about dance politics-which aspects or effects of a dance can be considered political? What possibilities and understandings of politics are disclosed through dance? How does a particular dance articulate or undermine forces of authority? How might dance relate to emancipation or bondage of the body? Where and how can dance articulate social movements, represent or challenge political institutions, or offer insight into habits of labor and leisure? The handbook opens its critical terms in two directions. First, it offers an elaborated understanding of how dance achieves its politics. Second, it illustrates how notions of the political are themselves expanded when viewed from the perspective of dance, thus addressing both the relationship between the politics in dance and the politics of dance. Using the most sophisticated theoretical frameworks and engaging with the problematics that come from philosophy, social science, history, and the humanities, chapters explore the affinities, affiliations, concepts, and critiques that are inherent in the act of dance, and questions about matters political that dance makes legible.

Making Video Dance

Making Video Dance
Author: Katrina McPherson
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781134181544
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Release: 2013-02-01
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since the advent of digital video technology, ’dance on camera’ has become an increasingly popular, and important genre of dance. This is the first ever ’how-to’ manual for choreographers, dancers and students who want to make dance films. Specifically written from a personal experience of a complete lack of printed material to help beginners get started, Katrina McPherson has produced an exemplary text which combines practical help with aesthetic discussion in an anecdotal and accessible style. Making Video Dance includes: exercises to be used inside, or outside the classroom a production diary interviews with leading practitioners on both sides of the camera. Also including a glossary of terms, anyone involved in making dance videos needs this helpful and remarkable book.

Ballade by Anna Sokolow

Ballade by Anna Sokolow
Author: Anna Sokolow,Ray Cook
Pages: 151
ISBN: 2881249124
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Release: 1993
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This volume publishes Anna Sokolow's Ballade in Labanotation for the first time. It is a dance which explores youth and its discoveries, following the restlessness and inconclusiveness of young love to a final sombre note. The complete score is accompanied by detailed study and performance notes, historical background and photographs. Since moving to New York in 1961, Ray Cook has worked as a dancer and notator with many leading choreographers and has dedicated himself to working with Labanotation. He has directed major dance works from score, restaged many which had been considered lost and proven through his work that Labanotation is an essential means of preserving our dance heritage. He is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at Vassar College." -- Publisher description.

Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham
Author: David Vaughan
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9781134372140
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Release: 2013-10-11
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Merce Cunningham reached the age of 75 in 1994, an age at which many creative artists are content to rest on their laurels, or at least to leave behind whatever controversies they may have caused during their careers. No so Cunningham. In the first place, his 70s have been a time of intense creativity in which he has choreographed as many as four new works a year. Cunningham is a strongly committed as ever to the discovery of new ways of moving and of making movement, refusing to be hampered by the physical limitations that have come with age. Since 1991 every new work has been made at least in part with the use of the computer program Life Forms, which enables him to devise choreographic phrases that he himself would be unable to perform - and which challenge and develop the virtuosity of the young dancers in his company. The essays collected in this special issue of Choreography and Dance were written over the last few years and discuss various aspects of the work of Cunningham as seen both from the outside and the inside.

Choreography and the Specific Image

Choreography and the Specific Image
Author: Daniel Nagrin
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780822972259
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Release: 2001
Editor: University of Pittsburgh Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Spiced with wit and strong opinions, the third installment in Daniel Nagrin's trilogy explores the art of choreography through the life's work of an important artist. This is the first book to approach choreography through content rather than structure.

Creating Musical Theatre

Creating Musical Theatre
Author: Lyn Cramer
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781408184752
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Release: 2013-12-02
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Creating Musical Theatre features interviews with the directors and choreographers that make up today's Broadway elite. From Susan Stroman and Kathleen Marshall to newcomers Andy Blankenbuehler and Christopher Gattelli, this book features twelve creative artists, mostly director/choreographers, many of whom have also crossed over into film and television, opera and ballet. To the researcher, this book will deliver specific information on how these artists work; for the performer, it will serve as insight into exactly what these artists are looking for in the audition process and the rehearsal environment; and for the director/choreographer, this book will serve as an inspiration detailing each artist's pursuit of his or her dream and the path to success, offering new insight and a deeper understanding of Broadway today. Creating Musical Theatre includes a foreword by four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara, one of the most elegant and talented leading ladies gracing the Broadway and concert stage today, as well as interviews with award-winning directors and choreographers, including: Rob Ashford (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying); Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights); Jeff Calhoun (Newsies); Warren Carlyle (Follies); Christopher Gattelli (Newsies); Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes); Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde); Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon); Randy Skinner (White Christmas); Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys); Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys); and Anthony Van Laast (Sister Act).

Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing
Author: Alex Moore
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9780878301539
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Release: 2002
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The tenth edition has been revised throughout and contains up-to-date information on several major dances including the Quickstep, Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. All are illustrated and described in great detail. Popular dances, old and new, such as the Viennese Waltz and Rhythm Dancing are also included. Other sections cover Amateur Medal Tests, Competition Dancing, Expression in Dancing and aspects of teaching.

Making Video Dance

Making Video Dance
Author: Katrina McPherson
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9781315452630
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Release: 2018-09-17
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Names: McPherson, Katrina, author. Title: Making video dance : a step-by-step guide to creating dance for the screen / Katrina McPherson. Description: Second edition. | Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018020888| ISBN 9781138699120 (hardback ; alk. paper) | ISBN 9781138699137 (pbk. ; alk. paper) | ISBN 9781315452654 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: Dance in motion pictures, television, etc.--Production and direction--Handbooks, manuals, etc. | Video recordings--Production and direction--Handbooks, manuals, etc. | LCGFT: Handbooks and manuals. Classification: LCC GV1779 .M36 2019 | DDC 792.8--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018020888