By Jonathan Burrows
On choreography: "Choreography is a negotiation with the styles your physique is pondering" 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 strangely empowering series of news, rules and paradoxes, across the world well known dancer, choreographer and instructor Jonathan Burrows explains how it’s attainable to navigate a path via this advanced approach. 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 supplies the reader entry to a number of routines, meditations, ideas and concepts on choreography that let artists and dance-makers to discover their very own aesthetic approach. it's a ebook for somebody attracted to making functionality, at no matter what point and in whichever variety.
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It’s a question of relative weight of impact. How do you want to invite the audience to sit? Or perhaps what you want to do is to command them? Performance space: If you perform in a found environment you raise references, meanings and questions in addition to those belonging to the material which you create. What dialogue can your material have with this space you have found? Can the material you make arise out of the environment itself? Or can the material you make complement or give friction to the context, energies and meanings inherent in the space?
For some, in some instances, it brings freedom: the freedom to follow impulse and the intelligence of the moment, the freedom to arrive at the right parameters for the structure of that moment without binding it with formality, the freedom to work at the speed of a thinking body and mind. Improvisation: This freedom is also there, sometimes, in set forms: the freedom not to be responsible for making a choice, the freedom to deviate because I have something to deviate from. Improvisation: Improvisation can be a principle for performing.
On the other hand ‘choreography’ can be a very good subject. Referencing other sources: If you choose to work with material which references other sources, do you want the audience to stop at the reference or do you want it to point them towards something more open or ambiguous? Is the reference visible, and if so is it meant to be? A reference which stops us at itself is, on occasion, exactly what you might need. The reference will not do your work for you, but if you use it for the right reasons in the right context then it might do the work which you want it to do.
A choreographer's handbook by Jonathan Burrows