What motivates choreographers? What are they trying to do?

Sarah A.O. Rosner's the ETLE Universe © Ian Douglas
Sarah A.O. Rosner's the ETLE Universe
© Ian Douglas
We often think of well-known choreographers as having their own unique style or aesthetic, so what do emerging choreographers do to make them stand out from the crowd?

We’re touching base with choreographers around the world to find out. With such vastly differing works being produced by the world’s rising stars of choreography, it comes as no surprise that each and every choreographer we’ve interviewed has new light to shed on the creation process.

How does a choreographer create a new piece and where does s/he begin? In a recent interview, Hofesh Shechter stated “I try to write down as much as I can. I pour my subconscious and conscious onto the paper.”

Do choreographers build upon existing works (whether others’ or their own) or is it a case of starting from scratch? Pina Bausch once stated: “when I do a new piece it doesn't help me. Nothing helps me. Not what I have already done. It is done. Each time, you are a beginner.”

Pam Tanowitz Dance © Ian Douglas
Pam Tanowitz Dance
© Ian Douglas

Read our interviews with emerging and established choreographers around the world for an insight into how they create and relate to their work.

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The project will run throughout June and July 2014, so stay tuned for more.