Documenting the Choreography

Documenting the Choreography

• Understanding your Choreography: Begin with a clear vision of the piece of choreography. Consider the intent of the piece; whether it’s to tell a story, portray an emotion, or depict a specific scene.

• Making a Choreographic Blueprint: Create a storyboard or flow chart documenting each segment of the choreography. This could include a description of the movement, the time it occurs, the dancers involved, and any props or set pieces used.

• Notation: Use a formalised dance notation system such as Labanotation or Benesh Movement Notation to record the specific movements and timings of your choreography.

• Choreographer’s Intent: Outline what message you are trying to convey through the dance performance. This should be clear and concise.

• Movement Vocabulary: Describe the different movements that make up the choreography. Are they fluid, jagged, fast, slow? Introduce a variety of movements to make the piece more dynamic.

• Spatial Design: Make note of your piece’s spatial components. How will dancers move across the stage? Are there set formations or patterns they must adhere to?

• Timing and Rhythm: Detail the timing and rhythm of the choreography. Is the piece fast-paced or slow and sustained?

• Musicality: Note the connection between your choreography and the music. Are there points where the movements sync up with the beats, or moments of silence to create tension?

• Expressive Qualities: Record the expressive qualities of the choreography. This includes the mood, energy and any emotive features your piece may have.

• Costume and Props: Consider what visual elements will enhance the choreography, such as costume design and props. Document your choices and note your reasoning behind them.

• Reflection and Refinement: After rehearsals or run-throughs, detail the changes you want to make to the choreography to make it even more effective. This could include movement changes, timing adjustments, prop changes etc.

• Film your work: Recording rehearsal and run-throughs can be a useful tool for reviewing and refining your choreography. It allows you to see things you might miss in person.

• Rehearsal schedule: Keep track of your rehearsal times and dates, making sure your dance group is well-prepared for the performance.