Producing Dance takes a unique path—one that includes the voice of the choreographer and dancer in the journey to performance.
In doing so, the authors support the process of the entire creative team and cover all aspects of a production. They put those aspects in the context of real-world application, in sequence with other components, creating a toolbox for success for all involved. By the end of the book, readers will have discovered the many options available to them in the production setting and be able to choose the tool most needed at the time.
Critical Guidance That Sets This Book Apart
Through its collaborative approach, Producing Dance goes beyond the performance, covering evaluation, reflection, and opportunities for growth. And it offers guidance in two critical areas that are not addressed in other dance production books:
- Creating dance performances in nontraditional spaces such as site-specific venues, dance and culture festivals, and audience-immersive experiences
- Supporting the development of an artistic career through acquiring business skills such as fundraising, grant writing, and performing business analyses
Producing Dance comes with an instructor guide, a test bank, a PowerPoint presentation package, and HKPropel Access. Through HKPropel, students will find supplemental content and study aids:
- Application activities for each chapter, allowing students to practice the concepts discussed in the chapter
- Real-world examples with explanations
- Links to websites that further illustrate concepts
- Virtual flash cards to help students study and retain key terms
Parts of the Book
The text is presented in four parts. Part I guides readers in balancing and integrating artistic ideas with logistical considerations to create a clear and unified vision. Part II explores the process of realizing that vision through a collaborative and creative process. In part III, the knowledge gained in the first two parts is put into action as performance takes center stage. In part IV, readers learn how to continue to grow beyond the performance through a variety of pathways that deepen understanding and open up future opportunities.
The journey from an idea to a fully produced vision can be daunting. Producing Dance makes that journey not only doable but also enjoyable. It provides readers the understanding and tools they need to realize their vision, explore and develop their voice, and further their growth and career development.
Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.
AudienceText for undergraduate production courses and theater courses. Professional reference for K-12 dance educators.
Chapter 1. Vision and Collaboration in Dance Performance
Early Dance Performances and Vision
Chapter 2. Artistic Vision
Inspiration and Purpose Tied to Artistic Vision
Chapter 3. Logistical Considerations
Collaborative Organizational Structures
Chapter 4. Getting Started
Part II. Process: Clarity Through Creation, Collaboration, and Conversations
Chapter 5. Collaborators
Organization of Roles
Defining a Collaborative Language
Chapter 6. Creation in the Studio
Chapter 7. Stage, Scenery, Props, and Lighting
Scenery and Props
Chapter 8. Sound, Digital Media, Costumes, and Makeup
Costume and Makeup
Part III. Integration: Blending Vision and Process
Chapter 9. Production Timeline
Pulling the Timelines Together
Creating a Gantt Chart
Chapter 10. Production Scope and Audience Experience
Chapter 11. Integrating Elements Onstage
Scenery and Props
Part IV. Culmination: Performance and Beyond
Chapter 12. Production Week
Technical (Tech) Rehearsal
Expecting the Unexpected
Chapter 13. Performance
Front of House
Chapter 14. Postmortem
Technical Production Perspective
Choreographer and Artistic Perspectives
All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.
Instructor guide. Includes a sample course syllabus, links to videos illustrating various aspects of dance production, and many assignment and project ideas to help students practice playing different parts in the dance production process.
Test package. Contains 270 questions in essay and short-answer format and multiple-choice format. A cumulative midterm and final exam compiled from the chapter questions are provided as well. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Multiple-choice assessments are automatically graded, and instructors can review student scores in the platform.
Presentation package. Features 243 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make handouts for students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.
Instructors also receive access to all student materials in HKPropel. For Producing Dance, this includes application activities for each chapter, links to websites that further illustrate concepts, and virtual flash cards.