I had a dream yesterday that I was teaching choreography. I would like to point out that I never took any choreography nor composition class or actually any dance class at all. The closest I have been is as a theatre designer, I have been around many choreographer and obviously, my wife is a choreographer. I have to be honest, dreaming about teaching choreography is something that I don’t usually do. Nor am I the one dreaming about my designs or projects that I am working on. However, I would like to try composing a dance piece in the near future. I enjoy movement from the overall visual aspect or in other word, the stage picture. What I see on stage is what I get, WISOSIWIG, a WYSIWYG alternative.
To me, dance or any art form is about a conversation that one has with an audience. I think it says a lot about the art form. Any good conversation involve different aspects and here are some taken from a post by Marcus Vorwaller at Best Tool For the Job. I find his points insightful.
Don’t be selfish Prepare for good conversation. Read widely. Don’t manipulate, or in other words, be honest and up-front. Reciprocate. Avoid gossip and complaining. Don’t be afraid to differ. Know and use your sense of humor in moderation.
I would strongly encourage people to think about those points while creating a dance piece and see if they make a parallel to the act of seeing a dance show and what those entails. I have my own view which I will put out there in a next post. I think it’s fair to say that I like dance with substance. Bring on the sauce please!