Choreography: Choreographic Processes

Choreography: Choreographic Processes

  • Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified. The choreographic process consists of multiple stages that result in a final dance piece.

  • The first step in the choreographic process is the ‘research and exploration’ stage. This involves the identification of your chosen theme or concept for the dance piece.

  • ‘Choreographic intention’ is central to defining the purpose of the dance piece. Whether to tell a story, express an emotion or depict a situation, the intention needs to be clear for the choreographer and for the audience.

  • ‘Movement material’ is the next stage of the choreographic process. This consists of the development of dance phrases and sequences, often through improvisation. The choreographer may use direct correlation, or abstract sources of inspiration to generate movements.

  • Choreographers often involve ‘variables of the physical setting’ during the process. This includes the consideration of how the space is used, what props may be involved, as well as how the environment affects the choreography.

  • ‘Structural form’ is a vital aspect of the choreographic process. The choreographer decides on the order and arrangement of the movement material. This could be in a linear, nonlinear or circular manner.

  • Choreographers also ‘interpret and refine the choreography’. This involves perfecting each movement, coordinating it with the music and making sure it aligns with the overall choreographic intention.

  • Finally, ‘rehearsing and evaluating’ helps to refine the piece further. Performers practise the choreography and feedback is sought to ensure the desired impact is achieved.

  • ‘Documenting and reproducing’ the choreography is the next step to ensure it is preserved for future performances. Notations and recordings are typically used for this purpose.

  • In terms of ‘technical consideration,’ aspects like costumes, lighting, and props should enhance rather than distract from the choreography. These should also reflect the choreographic intention.

  • ‘Music and accompaniment’, are often integral to choreography. The choreographer should select music that is appropriate and supportive of the theme and movement vocabulary.

  • ‘Choreographic devices’ are tools used to create, manipulate and organise dance material. This includes repetition, retrograde, canon, inversion, embellishment, contrast, and unison.

  • ‘Performance and presentation’ require the dancers to effectively communicate the choreographic intention to the audience. This encompasses facial expressions, the projection of energy, and maintaining the right amount of tension in the body.

  • Finally, remember that the audience’s experience is of utmost importance in ‘evaluating and improving the dance’. Constructive feedback from peers, mentors, or the audience can be invaluable in hon, this part of the process.