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Look Before You Leap: an advice and rights guide for choreographers

Look Before You Leap: an advice and rights guide for choreographers

31 August 2012

Includes new section of interviews with the Rayne Fellows for Choreography: Adam Benjamin, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Laila Diallo, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Rosie Kay, Kate Flatt, Darren Pritchard, Luca Silvestrini and Sue Smith

Written by Ann Whitley

Updated and edited by Sally Brooker and Caroline Miller, 2012

Published by Dance UK

ISBN number: 0-9515631-2-2

  • With new chapters by Jessica Fairfield, Lucy Cash, Les Child, Yael Loewenstein,

Bennet Gartside

  • Includes new section of interviews with the Rayne Fellows for Choreography: Adam Benjamin, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Laila Diallo, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Rosie Kay, Kate Flatt, Darren Pritchard, Luca Silvestrini and Sue Smith

Book release date: 17 August 2012 

Book price: Dance UK members £13.99 or £20.99 non members

eBook price: Dance UK members £11.99 or £18.99 non members

Available to buy from www.lbyl.co.uk and www.danceuk.org/shop 

On 17 August 2012 Dance UK is publishing an updated version of the ultimate resource book for choreographers, Look Before You Leap: an advice and rights guide for choreographers. The book includes six new chapters and interviews with the Rayne Fellows for Choreography. The content of the book has been reviewed by over 100 choreographers and industry professionals.

Look Before You Leap is available for the first time to buy as an eBook so that choreographers can instantly access advice and information by downloading the book digitally when and where they need it “on the job”. An added benefit of purchasing the book is access to an online list of useful contacts for choreographers and the latest agreements for choreographers negotiated by TMA, SOLT and Equity.

This essential reference book was written by Ann Whitley and first published by Dance UK in 1995 to wide acclaim. In response to industry demand Dance UK has updated the book to celebrate Dance UK’s 30th birthday. It is a comprehensive and practical guide to the negotiation, preparation, organisation and continuing care of choreographic work. The book is intended as a useful source of reference for choreographers, assistant choreographers, choreologists, dance teachers, dance practitioners, managers, administrators, animateurs, movement specialists, composers, designers, technicians and all those who collaborate with choreographers. It is NOT a book about how to choreograph.

New chapters published in 2012 include:

  • Working as a choreographer on a cruise ship by Jessica Fairfield
  • Working as a choreographer: making dance for the camera by Lucy Cash
  • Working as a choreographer in the commercial music industry: music videos by Les Child
  • Working as a choreographer with motion capture: video games by Yael Loewenstein
  • Making a video archive of your work by Bennet Gartside

This book also includes new interviews with the Rayne Fellows for Choreography: Adam Benjamin, Laila Diallo, Luca Silvestrini, Sue Smith, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Kate Flatt, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Rosie Kay and Darren Pritchard. This collection of interviews highlights the changing experiences and challenges of 21st century choreographers. The Rayne Fellowships funded nine choreographers to connect with a range of organisations they would not normally interact with, including the British Army, a charity for the homeless, a hospice, Dartmoor Prison, the Soil Association, Plymouth Marine Science Partnership, Tate St Ives, amongst others.

Notes on the author:

Ann Whitley began her career as a dancer, later studying movement notation at the Benesh Institute. She was Rambert Dance Company’s first choreologist and director of its touring educational unit. From 1977 she specialised in the notation and restaging of choreography for dancers, singers and actors in a range of opera productions, many atCovent Garden. As teacher and caretaker of the work of several choreographers she has worked internationally with many companies. The range of responsibilities and sheer variety of dance work involved, presented many opportunities to observe and support choreographers at work and to understand the inevitable obstacles which can thwart the creative process.

What choreographers think about Look Before You Leap:

'My advice to choreographers is read this now! A clear and accessible guide full of very practical, good advice for the business side of the choreography.'

Lea Anderson, Choreographer

‘Almost every choreographic opportunity requires reading unwritten ground rules in new situations. It is where our creativity can flourish if we feel informed. This book offers an essential guide to enlighten and support our creative decisions.’

Kate Flatt, Choreographer

Full list of book chapters:

  • Contract
  • Money
  • Agents and managers
  • Equity
  • Working as a choreographer (the foundation chapter)
  • Working abroad
  • Working as a choreographer in opera and musical theatre; for a play; a cruise ship; specific site or occasion; with schools and youth organisations; in the community; for the camera; for a film; for television; for advertising commercials; for music videos; and video games
  • Assistants, notators and staff directors
  • Music
  • Set and costume design
  • Lighting Design
  • Making a video archive of your work
  • Insurance
  • Copyright
  • Health and safety
  • Child performance regulations
  • The Rayne Fellowships.
 

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