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2.16. What are: a choreographer, a regisseur, a repetiteur, a balletmaster, and an artistic director?




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This article is from the Ballet and Modern Dance FAQ, by Tom Parsons twp@panix.com with numerous contributions by others.

2.16. What are: a choreographer, a regisseur, a repetiteur, a balletmaster, and an artistic director?

A choreographer is a composer of dances. In practice, the other
terms may be used in different ways by different companies, and their
meanings overlap. Grant's dictionary (see the Reading List, Section 6.1.5)
defines a regisseur as a stage manager and then expands this by saying that
the regisseur is responsible for rehearsing and staging the company's
ballets. A repetiteur is one who rehearses ballets. A ballet master
teaches company class (the class taken regularly by the dancers in the
company) and, according to Grant, rehearses the company's ballets. An
artistic director makes artistic policy decisions for the company--e.g.,
deciding what new ballets are to be accepted, or assembling programs for a
season. The artistic director may also be the principal choreographer for
the company.


 

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