Explore and discuss the role and responsibilities of the concept of CHOREOGRAPHY and The CHOREOGRAPHER

Explore and discuss the role and responsibilities of the concept of CHOREOGRAPHY and The CHOREOGRAPHER

Part 1: The Choreographer

Part 2: The Dancer and High Artistry

Each Parts are below with their journal entry questions below their corresponding lesson. Please be sure to read through each lesson and answer the questions for BOTH Parts. Please submit Part 1 and Part 2 journal entry questions in ONE document. Deadline: Tuesday Oct. 1st at 10am.

Thank you!!

This week- week 3-  we are looking at Choreography and the Choreographer and The Dancer.

Part 1: The Choreographer:

Please see the attached pdf for a brief summary of this chapter in your text book and review the reading, viewing and 2 journal entry assignments below. Please submit all questions and answers for both Journal Entries in ONE document, with Week 3 and your name in the subject line of the email. Also remember to include your name on the document.


There are many different ways of going about generating choreography. Choreographers are artists and no artist is alike. Choreographers work in many different ways to come up with movement and how their movement works in a particular space with particular dancers and music (or not). It is highly subjective art form, no one way is the right way. Some choreographers were highly trained dancers, some have never danced at all. What are some ways in which choreographers work to come up with their movement?

-One can use music to dictate the movement.

-One can use improvisation to come up with vocabulary.

-Gestural, pedestrian movements can be stylized into steps and combinations.

-Classical movement, like ballet, can help develop choreography.

-A site specific location can inform choreographic vocabulary.

Important Choreographic Elements– each of these has an influence on how the dance piece is created and how it evolves into a finished work:

-Space (where are you? on a stage? in a location? how big is the space?)

-Time (how long is the piece, is it the length of the music, is there silence, text, etc., how does time play a role in the dance piece?)

-Music (is there music, if so- what mood does it dictate, does the choreography want to work in tandem with the music or in opposition to it, etc.?)

-Collaboration (who is making the dance in the room- dancers, what creative collaborators contribute to the overall mood and finished work- designers: lighting designer, costume designer, sound designer, director of the play if the work is in a musical, etc.)

-Energy (what is the dynamic of this piece- athletic, lyrical, is it high energy, or is it slow and methodical, etc.)

-Levels (are the dancers operating on the same plane, are there levels, do they create high and low levels with their bodies)

-Speed (what is the tempo of the music, what is the tempo of the movement)

Reading Assignment: 

Read Chapter 2 in your Text Book.

Video Viewing Assignment

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This documentary shows modern choreographer Twyla Tharp at work. She is known for choreographing ballets, modern pieces, and is the Tony award winning choreographer for the musical based off of Billy Joel’s music, Movin’ Out.