Drawing your attention to the next BIG Discussion Forum which takes place on Wednesday 15th October at the Royal Festival Hall. Please pass the information on to any colleagues to whom it may be of interest.
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BIG Discussion Forum - forthcoming event
Voice Box, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall
7.00-9.00pm, Wednesday 15th October 2003
Ballet texts - who owns the steps?
Authorship and performance rights in the ballet repertoire today.
With the centenary of the births of Balanchine and Ashton in 2004 following hard on the heels of the MacMillan anniversary celebration, questions about preservation of works and authenticity of style in the ballet repertoire are very present. Many dance works are still inadequately documented for the purpose of assigning legal ownership and the rights to perform, despite the development of notation and recording technologies.
What is the relationship between choreographer, notator and interpreter in defining and recreating choreography? In pursuing a definitive text, what may be lost? What is the function of the oral tradition? If the dance text is a living and changing document, who should have responsibility for it after the choreographer’s death? What provision should choreographers make to legally safeguard the authenticity of their work?
Changing dance practices are highlighting the philosophical complexities in defining the text and authorship of a work. Modern choreographers like Forsythe question the survival of the work beyond their lifespan. But where dancers have collaborated in the creative process, who has the rights to decide the future of a work? In devised or improvisatory dances what should a notator record, and can such dances be authentically recreated? Should influential works be allowed to die with their creators and interpreters? What rights of access should the public have to ‘great’ choreographic works now and in the future?
We have invited three speakers with expert knowledge and personal experience of these issues:
Liz Cunliffe - notator and Director of the Benesh Institute
Francis Yeoh - General Manager of London Studio Centre, former dancer and lawyer, currently completing his MA in Ballet Studies at University of Surrey, Roehampton
Anthony Russell Roberts - Administrative Director of the Royal Ballet, and copyright owner of several of Ashton’s works.
Whose dance is it? We must debate and decide.
Susie Crow and Jennifer Jackson
BIG Discussion Forum events for 2003 are supported by
Arts Council England, London