Coaching Project for Teachers and Choreographers
Strategies for idea development, planning research sessions, creating and maintaining an atmosphere of inspiration and identification among participants
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Who is the course for?
Recent graduates for choreographic educations, promising young choreographers or teachers who are making work in the public domain, and artists in collaborative fields who are interested in tools for expanding their creative process.
It’s my experience that great dancers need something more than outstanding technique and great dances need something more than innovative, inspiring composition. This elusive, special “something” has been given many names, but I think many of us can agree on it being related to presence in the individual; and rapport, communication, and a trust within the group dynamic. What is not always so clear is: can these special qualities be taught, nurtured, developed and sustained?
One of the central themes of our seminar will be: one of primary roles or tasks of the choreographer or teacher is to create and nurture this atmosphere, this esprit de corps. (Esprit de corps is defined as: “A common spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group.”)
Towards this aim, we will explore models for developing and sustaining esprit de corps. We will do exercises that illustrate and can be effective in producing this state, and will work with many specific techniques for teaching and practicing dancemaking while keeping this theme in mind.
We will also discuss and practice methods for:
In the context of this seminar, I would also like to offer some examples of my own approaches to several areas of teaching/study. These areas are:
This information will not be shared to show the right approach to these subjects, but rather in the spirit of offering materials to put some paint on the canvas, to offer examples that can begin our discussion and reflection and lead to further sharing of materials and approaches from all team members.
20 - 31 August, 2012
Seoul, South Korea
A production of EO Creative