What Makes a Good Choreographer? Dancers Speak Up: Concept, Choreography, and Challenge

By A. W. Brian De Silva.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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All dance performances involve collaboration. This paper looks at two unique collaborations between two distinctively and characteristically Australian choreographers and the National Ballet Company, The Australian Ballet. The paper seeks to determine what elements contribute to a choreographer being viewed as successful. Five dancers in the Ballet Company were interviewed to assess and evaluate what they thought and felt made these choreographers unique and successful. These five dancers discussed, explained, and elaborated on the processes these choreographers used, how they realised their ideas and concepts, and the challenges they encountered while working with these choreographers.

Keywords: Australian Choreographers, Australian Dancers, Indigenous Dance Company, Successful Choreographers, Choreography

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.13-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 531.684KB).

Dr. A. W. Brian De Silva

Research Associate, RMIT School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia