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Author:  redandblack [ Mon Jan 26, 2004 11:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Untraditional Choreography

I was thinking about this show while i was at my dog's obedience school.

It seems like it's a choreographer's dream...but is it really? All the choreography (or most of it atleast) is already pre-set, as it is the choreography from the broadway production, and is rarely altered.

How would you guys feel if you were cast in this show, and the choreographer decided not to use the traditional dance for, say..."One"? He made up something new...something of the same style, but nevertheless, not the familiar "One" that most of us know by heart.

Would you be mad, sad, glad?

I think, personally, it could be cool.

Author:  bwayfool82 [ Tue Jan 27, 2004 12:50 pm ]
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I've seen it done untraditional. And the Problem was, that they were saying the words that are in the script for the dance moves, but doin TOTALLY different moves. When I did the show, we did the original for all the numbers except for Hello Twelve, and it actually worked what we did.

Author:  jasonlovesyoga [ Mon May 31, 2004 7:46 pm ]
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Do you know I've never even considered this before? I've played Bobby in two different productions of ACL, and I think if I walked into a studio and they tried to teach me new comibinations, I'd have a heart attack on the spot!

I'm not even sure I could physically execute new dances. The music would start and my body would kick into auto-pilot! As a performer it's amazing to me to do the dances (I sometimes still teach the opening sequence choreography in my dance classes) and think about how many other performers, who've had such similar life experiences to mine because of what we do, have danced these very steps.

I feel like there's a heritage in those steps. Almost a sacred, spiritual connection to the stage, the craft and that shared passion. It's too important to our collective experiences.

Author:  MBoy [ Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:15 pm ]
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I'm doing ACL right now w/remotely untraditional choreography . . . everything is in the style of the show's original, but not everything's original. We're using the movie ballets (men's and women's), original One except for a few altered steps, but all of the Opening dances except for the ballets are new dances. I guess I'd rather it be done w/100% original choreo, but since we're updating it, the director felt the need to "contemporize" some of the dancing. Hmmm . . . .

Author:  psilva [ Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:02 pm ]
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I have done the show twice as well, both times with the original choreography. I would also find it difficult to alter that as that choreography is emblazened in my brain and I can do it on auto pilot. Besides it's wondeful and fun. Why would you want to change it!!!

Author:  timmy_boy6 [ Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:47 pm ]
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Our choreographer made up her own routines, in the appropriate style of course, so some of the words had to change.
For instance in the One Rehearsal where the girls say "hat to the head" they were actually lifting their hats. So our MD created new lyrics that fitted perfectly, i don't know what they were exactly coz i was in Group 1 in the One Rehearsal so i just say the melody (which was enough for me!)
And same with the opening, i think we were something like "step, push, turn, turn, kick, touch.............. that connects with turn, turn, out, in, step, push, turn, turn, kick, touch....... got it? going on step, kick, cross, out, back step, pivot step, walk, walk, walk"
Or something like that... i just danced.... :wink:
Everything worked perfectly though!

Timmmmmmmmmmmy!! :D

Author:  Alonza0 [ Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:01 pm ]
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I think why fix what's not broken sums it up nicely.
I may not have ever been in ACL, but I think the dancing looks sensational. So why change it?

Author:  RainbowJude [ Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:04 am ]
Post subject:  A CHORUS LINE Non-traditional Choreography

A Chorus Line should always be done using the Michael Bennett choreography. The man was a genius!

Author:  BwayJuvinile [ Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Untraditional Choreography

Changing "one" would be a nightmare. The dance is called out in the actual "one" routine were they practice the dance. It would be a complete disaster to not only do new steps, but to call things out and do different movement...yuck

Author:  Quique [ Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Untraditional Choreography

I agree. Some things shouldn't be tampered with and the original choreography is so integral to the piece, altering it could potentially disrupt the manner in which the many other very tightly integrated elements work.

There will always be people with the ol' "but you must allow other artistic visions. It's not a museum piece!" I've gotten so sick of these people in the last few months, I say if you really want to see a winning piece toyed with because you want to see something NEW, then go write a new musical and leave what works alone.

Author:  Quique [ Wed May 25, 2011 5:41 pm ]
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MBoy wrote:
I'm doing ACL right now w/remotely untraditional choreography . . . everything is in the style of the show's original, but not everything's original. We're using the movie ballets (men's and women's), original One except for a few altered steps, but all of the Opening dances except for the ballets are new dances. I guess I'd rather it be done w/100% original choreo, but since we're updating it, the director felt the need to "contemporize" some of the dancing. Hmmm . . . .


Update?? Contemporize???!! WTF??!!!!

Tell your director to choreograph for a new, contemporary musical, because A Chorus Line does not need a gimmick such as these tired "update" excuses that don't make any sense. You can update the costumes and the era-specific lines in the book (although that is a no-no to me, as well) but choreography is timeless for the most part, unless you're specifically choreographing a style which is rooted in a specific time-period. Michael's choreography is general Jazz/tap/ballet, still taught and used today. I don't see anything about it that screams 1975.

And even if it did, who cares!! (Sorry, not really yelling at you MBoy, but I MUST vent!! :twisted:) Are our skinny jeans going to suddenly sprout bell bottoms and turn into polyester through exposure to something from the 70's???? Will the dudes grow pornstaches and afros??? No.

And even if it did, I know I'd dig it. :mrgreen:

Go and slap your director silly!!!!

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