Choreographing for Groups
Project Proposal Assignment

Write a 1-2 page proposal for a group piece to be constructed over the second half of the semester.

What is your concept for this piece?  Describe some of the images you have for this work.  What steps do you imagine you will need in your process to create these images and develop your piece?

What technical goals do you have for yourself in crafting this work? 
What goals do you have for yourself as a rehearsal director?

How many dancers would you like to work with?  Please include both a range and an ideal number.  If you could hand pick your dancers from the group, who would you choose? 

How do you plan to work with the strengths of the dancers in your project?  How do you plan to work with dancers’ weaknesses?

What do you need to prepare in order to begin rehearsals with your dancers?
How much rehearsal time will you need with your dancers?  What can you do outside of the group rehearsals to make your time with the group most efficient?

This project will be supported by ongoing research.  Written research updates are due on March 11 and April 1.  Research may include:

• Reading books or articles or watching films about a subject related to the theme of the piece.
• Looking at photographs, paintings, etc. that might inspire imagery for your piece.
• Doing experiential research related to the ideas you are exploring in your piece (e.g. going out into the middle of the woods, participating in an unfamiliar religious ceremony, etc.)
• Taking time to observe some part of life (e.g. gestures of people in the dining hall, changing shapes of ice in a melting stream, etc.) as a way to develop source material
• Researching a choreographer whose choreography or creative process is relevant to the kind of work you hope to make. Learn about their methods through biographies and interviews.  Analyze their dances to see how they are constructed.  Read reviews of their work. 
• Looking at a collection of videos to see how various choreographers approach the same kinds of challenges that you are facing in your process.  How have choreographers treated the kind of content that you are working with in your piece?  How have people crafted the kind of structure (ABA, narrative, fractured narrative, theme and variations, etc.) that you are exploring?  How do people handle moving groups through space?  sustaining an image?  creating tension between a solo and the group?  varying the number of dancers on stage?  etc.
• Interviewing choreographers (within or outside of the college) about issues of creative process or craft relevant to your piece.
• Dancing in the studio by yourself or with others outside of rehearsal time to explore ideas for your work.  Set up specific propositions for this research time – scores, environments, props, costumes, restrictions, formulas, etc.  In addition to this sourcing research, give yourself time for weaving your discoveries into phrase material.
• Researching musical possibilities for your work.  Listen to many pieces to inform your choice. 
• Creating your own research methods that go beyond these suggestions.

You should engage in several types of research to support your project.  You do not need to try all the methods listed above, but do choose at least one method that feels natural to you and at least one that is a stretch.  Your research needs will change over time, so feel free to switch methods along the way to address your new questions.

In your project proposal, brainstorm several ideas for research that you could undertake to inform your creative process.

Project proposals are due on March 4

Project Timeline:
Project Proposal – March 4
Research Update #1 – March 11
First rehearsal – March 29
Work-in-progress showings – one per week
Completed draft – April 19
Edited draft – April 26
Costumed and titled version – May 3
Public showing – May 6

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