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Monday, 4 November 2019

The making process

Looking at your practice whatever it identity it as 'making' is involved at some level. It is important to consider your approach to making (like your approach to learning - making understanding). Thinking about choreography or making and the different ways artists approach the making process. This is an interesting imagined  're-enactment' of the creative process of one maker (Diaghilev) by another maker (Alston).


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I currently feel that I have been overthinking my ideas for my artefact. This has reminded me that I should stay true to my own understanding and make something that represents my own thinking and discovery.

  2. I am a huge fan of the fantastic Richard Alston. The way he interprets classical music to contemporary choreography is truly inspiring. He has inspired a new generation of choreographers, who hopefully want to be as musical and successful as him. This video is interesting to watch, as you can visually see the creative process of making new things. That is the beauty of choreography. The making process is just as important as the end result, as it portrays the amount of adaptability, connectivity and collaboration needed.

  3. Watching this video made me realise the value of the creative process. As an audience member we tend to just see the end result, and even though I have had many experiences of the choreographic process, I naively presume that a choreographer has some sort of unique gift to implement a creative vision effortlessly! In reality, everyone has their own way of 'making'. I know I often visualise things in my head for hours before trying it out on my own body to see if it flows. I know I need to feel it in my own body in order for my students to feel it. On reflection, this is part of the challenge for me in transferring from performing to teaching.
    As Alston showed, he gave some ideas, but the dancers physicalised them. Alston subsequently reflected on the material and engaged in a workshop type process where slight collaboration was evident. I have recently blogged about collaboration and the various barriers to achieving it:


    Thanks for sharing the video!

    1. Loved your blog post! Thank you so much for posting it. The more I read, the more I realise how lucky we are now to have so many channels of communication made available to us through Web 2.0!