By Jonathan Burrows
On choreography: "Choreography is a negotiation with the styles your physique is considering" On ideas: "Try breaking the foundations on a necessity to damage the foundations foundation" A Choreographer’s guide invitations the reader to enquire how and why to make a dance functionality. In an inspiring and surprisingly empowering series of reports, principles and paradoxes, across the world popular dancer, choreographer and instructor Jonathan Burrows explains how it’s attainable to navigate a path via this advanced method. it's a gorgeous mirrored image on a private perform trip, and attracts upon 5 years’ of workshop discussions, led by means of Burrows. Burrows’ open and sincere prose provides the reader entry to a number routines, meditations, ideas and concepts on choreography that let artists and dance-makers to discover their very own aesthetic method. it's a e-book for a person attracted to making functionality, at no matter what point and in whichever type.
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Cut and paste is not the only way to choreograph. Try also not improvising. 26 A CHOREOGRAPHER’S HANDBOOK Improvisation: Improvisation is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking. Choreography: Choreography is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking. A CHOREOGRAPHER’S HANDBOOK 27 Form Form: Form can be both a limit and liberation. The form your piece takes is a strong inﬂuence on the movement you can make. ’ The poet Michael Donaghy, from ‘Wallﬂowers’, The Poetry Society, 1999, p.
It’s all just work.
Finding a technique to get perspective on the ‘too familiar’ is what is useful about the following things: principles for working, structure, concepts, choreography, or all the other ways to work that seem counter-intuitive to the act of personal expression. Our job as choreographers is to stay close enough to what we’re doing to feel it, and at the same time use strategies to distance ourselves enough to grasp momentarily what someone else might perceive. ’ 34 A CHOREOGRAPHER’S HANDBOOK Self-expression: ‘I have no desire to prove anything by it.
A choreographer's handbook by Jonathan Burrows