Sunday, December 20, 2009
Choreographer or Movement Specialist?
What is a choreographer? I have a hard time assigning that word to both George Balanchine, and someone who does moves for a Gap commercial. Just as there are labels being created within the dance world to define genres of (and the various styles within)...."concert dance", "theater dance", "commercial dance" (which I find insulting that the ballet and modern world seem to have shrunk to a combined non-populist form called "concert dance"). I think there should be labels for types of dance creativity:
- Choreographer for those creating substantive ballets that last 2o minutes or longer - where there is story, message, or musical interpretations (constructed or in a deconstructionist fashion).
- Theater Dance Choreographer for those creating in musical theater
- Dance Theater which refers to expressionism or works of European influence or Tanzthetater as I call it;
- Environmental Dance-maker for those who create with external elements;
- Dance Arranger for those who take steps from various individual dancers - especially from different dance genres and pastes them together be it in concert dance or commercial dance;
- Dance Routine Expert for those who create 1 - 2 minute dance routines for current reality TV dance shows; and,
- Movement Specialist for those who use dance steps for moments in commercials.
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