News: Choreoforum 2006

Monday 16 October 2006

The annual meeting of choreographers organised by Dance UK takes place next Sunday (22 Oct) at Sadler’s Wells, from 10am – 6pm

This year the focus is on choreographers working in theatre, film, television, opera and musical theatre and the programme is aimed at choreographers already working in these areas, as well as those who’d like to expand into them.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Kate Flatt (choreographer whose work ranges from the RSC’s Les Miserables to Turnadot at the Royal Opera House) and lawyer Daniel MacClean presenting new research on choreographic copyright.

Paul Harris, (choreographer, Entrapment and movement director for the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix film), and agent Bronia Buchanan, director of Buchanan Associates, on the importance and power of agents as a back up for a choreographer’s creativity.

Dancer/choreographer Wayne McGregor (founder of Random Dance), and theatre director Felix Cross (director of hip hop musical Slam Dunk) talking about choreographers working with theatre and film directors – and the importance of the relationship and communication between the director and choreographer.

Francesca Jaynes (choreographer, Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Da Vinci Code, Hustle for the BBC and Miss Marple for LWT) and Maggie Rawlinson (choreographer, Aladdin at the Salisbury Theatre and assistant choreographer on De-Lovely) talking about the variety of titles given to choreographers and what they mean in terms of acknowledgment in the creative team.

More speakers will be confirmed later this week. The emphasis on the day will be on meeting friends and colleagues – and making new contacts.

There are still some tickets available.

A £50 day ticket includes a years membership of Dance UK (£35 Dance UK members). Call Dance UK on 020 7228 4990 or email to book.

If you can’t get there, this year there is the chance to follow discussion on the new Dance UK message boards – both before and after the event.

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