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On choreography: "Choreography is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking"


On rules: "Try breaking the rules on a need to break the rules basis"


A Choreographer’s Handbook invites the reader to investigate how and why to make a dance performance. In an inspiring and unusually empowering sequence of stories, ideas and paradoxes, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Jonathan Burrows explains how it’s possible to navigate a course through this complex process.

It is a stunning reflection on a personal practice and professional journey, and draws upon five years’ of workshop discussions, led by Burrows.

Burrows’ open and honest prose gives the reader access to a range of exercises, meditations, principles and ideas on choreography that allow artists and dance-makers to find their own aesthetic process.

It is a book for anyone interested in making performance, at whatever level and in whichever style.

The Choreographer's Handbook

  • ISBN: 9780415555302

    Format: Paperback

    Edition: First 

    Pages: 240

    Publisher: Routledge

    Published: May 2010

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