Posted 03 March 2007 - 08:39 PM
now, I'm not an 'advanced choreographer' or someone famous or anything, but
I normally just get ideas from the music, the music sort of tells me or tells my mind what to think. Perhaps it depends on how I'm feeling that day. I cannot choreograph anything w/out music. We had to do a few works w/out music, and I was still singing a made-up tune in my head while doing it.
also, any prop that I may be holding inspires a whole story. I was holding a chiffon scarf one day and had an idea for this ballet (which i'm still working on) called The Red Scarf.
<where a wise old man gives a magical scarf to a young girl during hard times/war. then her parents make her sell it for money, but then the scarf blows away to a new town. Each town has different people and they use it differently. One little boy will be sitting on a rock on a lake, lonely and the scarf will gust by him. Or a village of gypsies will use it for clothes, another woman will use it to wrap her helpless baby in, another for shelter, etc. And each person it comes by, the more power it will receive. maybe power to bring hope.>
all of this by holding a long scarf in class.
and once I was wearing a trench coat on top of ballet clothes.
Inspired me to do a ballet set in London where they're wearing diff. colored trench coats and in a scurry holding umbrellas, newspapers, and doing semi-modern/ballet poses and steps. (still haven't thought of it all) Some will be happy/jumpy/petite allegro-y in the rain while others will be down and dreary and others will be rushing across town covering themselves w/ newspapers, etc.
I'm sure other choreographers can find an object and focus on the form of it and immitate it into their movement.
Like a ribbon, it should have soft steps, curvy movements always flowing and moving - not rigid throughout.
or perhaps inspiration comes from everyday experiences. Like composers, they'll compose a piece for someone they love who's dying or a tune for their country. Well, choreographers can base their work on their life or incorporate movement reflecting on a significant event or person.
I can't remember nor find the person who said something like - they think of a story first, then the types of movements and formations they want, then they think of the steps.
and, of course, everyone is different.