by William Bracewell, Student, The Royal Ballet School, London
Working with a Choreographer
I enjoy working with new choreographers and being part of the experimental stage of creating a piece. I find it extremely interesting to see how different choreographers work with music and also their dancers as this can change dramatically from one to the other. I love being challenged by new material that isn’t necessarily what we practice in class however the process of retaining it in my muscle memory does take slightly longer.
When I’m working with a fellow student choreographer I find I can become closer to the choreography, perhaps because I have a closer relationship with them I am able to talk to them about the choreography, and really understand what they’re looking for.
Working as a Choreographer
I have only ever created one entire piece of choreography and I am extremely fortunate that it was chosen to come to Canada to be performed by an amazing selection of international dancers. I found the process of working with colleagues to be very fun but also extremely rewarding, I found it was a successful partnership, as I knew the dancers so well. I see them in class most days therefore I know what they’re capable of, I know their weaknesses (if any), I know their strengths and I know them as people so I know what they enjoy! I found it invaluable to be able to talk to my dancers in a relaxed atmosphere, and ask them how the movement felt for them or if I could perhaps change it so it was more comfortable. I wanted to make them feel totally at home with the movement as this, I thought, would enable them to perform the work at its best.
I was lucky enough to have seen my work being performed on stage, which was an amazing experience, the lighting, costumes and simple fact there was a paying audience really changed the dynamic. The dancers really stepped up to the mark and I felt very proud of them especially because they were my close friends.