There is no set way of doing Choreography.
Some choreographers find their inspiration in music.
Very often the nature of a certain piece of music stimulates a dance idea.
The music then not only dictates the kind of dance, but also its mood,
style, length, phrasing, intensity and overall form.
The choreographer will be aware of the nature of the the music (lyrical,
comic, dramatric, etc.) will make sure that it complements rather than
conflicts with the idea.
Other choreographers have the intention to convey an idea or tell a story
and may choose not to use musical instruments as accompaniment, but
percussion instrument sounds, human voicesounds, word, songs and poems.
When a dance is constructed, the choreographer gives attention to the
elements of motif, logical development, variation and contrasts, repetition,
climax or highlights, relationship and unity..
The choreographer also keeps the following in mind: The length of the dance,
the size of the stage or area to be used, decor and props, costumes and
make-up, as well as the aesthetic quality of shape in space, and pathways
created on the floor and in the air.
The human body is the choreographers instrument.
© Lizette Nel