Having a group of peers and collegues work as "editors" might be beneficial, but I doubt one specific person dubbed the all-knowing "editor" would ever pan out. In my undergrad program, we had a works-in-progress program that offered student, dancer, and faculty-generated feedback to choreographers throughout their dance making. It seemed to work well, providing constructive criticism from a multitude of outlets.
I agree that the choreographer needs to be the sole decision maker throughout the process, but sometimes (professional) choreographers get too caught up in the plethora of ideas while fogetting to follow-through with the choreography's purpose. Many times they have a hard time editing their works because they are so close to the choreography itself. Other times the dancemaker has an ego and/or pride and doesn't want to accept feedback or editing of the piece. Perhaps choreographers could better utilize dance masters, ballet mistresses, AD's, dancers, and staff members as soundboards for their ideas and choreography.
When I buy a ticket, I never think that I'm paying for time. Instead, I'm paying to see a wonderful creation of art and movement on stage. I'd rather pay more money for a shorter work with more "umph" in it than a boring, longer-than-necessary piece. There's nothing wrong, though, with a work that deserves to be long and investigative in movement qualities. I just don't care so much about movement quantities. (However, I won't pay $80 for an orchestra center seat to see 8 minutes total of movement, period
On a side note, I wonder if these AD's who choreograph for their specific companies would have choreographed professionally had they not become an artistic director themselves. (Examples: Martins, Stevenson, and Tomasson) Perhaps this AD position opens up doors that were not available previously. Would companies have commissioned their works independently without the big company AD title attached? And in this position, does this allow the AD/not-necessarily-choreographer individuals to attempt choreography on a larger-than-necessary (or possibly appropriate) scale?
<small>[ 16 June 2004, 05:28 PM: Message edited by: RaHir ]</small>