Creative collaboration: Defining the collaborative process between a conductor, composer, and choreographer in creating and staging an original work for modern dance
AuthorTaylor, Bruce D.
AdvisorHanson, Gregg I.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis document is a record of an observed creative experience, defining the collaborative process between conductor, composer, and choreographer in creating and staging an original work for modern dance. There are three areas of focus. First, an introduction to and rationale for the project is coupled with an historical examination of the collaboration between a composer and choreographer (Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine), and a review of the documentation on the conductors' traditional role in dance as established by the ballet conductors Robert Irving and George Crum. Second, suggested methods will be proposed for the skill level, and technique that a conductor should acquire to use as a method for gathering the talents of collaborating artists (choreographers and composers). These methods are comprised of vision, knowledge and expertise, respect and mediation. Third, a collaborative framework comprised of three sections was created, based upon an objective review of the data collected from the project so that the collaborative process between members could be effectively and efficiently studied. The three sections of this framework are (1) the artistic desires of the creative team , (2) the role of each team member, and (3) the working methodology of the creative team members. It is against this framework that the collaborative process between conductor, composer, and choreographer is defined as it relates to creating and staging a work for modern dance. In addition to highlighting the non-traditional role of the conductor as an intermediary and facilitator in directing artists in collaboration. The framework developed is demonstrated by specific examples from this project that indemnify the findings, offering a clear and concise strategy that future conductors might use as a reference and guide.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Music and Dance