Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Choir and Choreography: (Co)production+co(operation) = collaboration

ladysmith black mambazo inala rehearsals

LadySmith Black Mambazo and Rambert´s artistic director Mark Baldwin

According to the article, even though there was a choreographer and a composer, the creative process of Inala was shared among musicians and dancers as a collective group. The outcome was unique and  the intrinsic nature of the two artistic languages was kept. It can be sensed that the musicians of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the dancers were unexpectedly surprised by the positive result of this experience. These kind of partnerships have proved us not only to be artistically rich but also a good opportunity to maximise resources.

Opera was always considered to be the most complete art form: it had “everything”. In the beginning of the 20th Century, following the great impact of Diaghilev´s Ballet Russes , many artists embraced powerful collaborations and started to shape a different paradigm for the performing arts. Hybrid happenings were transforming the role of the artists and the concept of performance itself.

I have always been fascinated by the beginning of performance as an artistic language and long last collaborations between artists. There are numerous examples but I recall two that are rather illustrative: choreographer Merce Cunningham and John Cage and most recently  Akram Khan and the acclaimed musician Nitin Sawhney.

Fortunately this trend has evolved into a practice that is common nowadays.


Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian


3 comments on “Choir and Choreography: (Co)production+co(operation) = collaboration

  1. benjamendouglas
    September 3, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this. First, I love, love, LOVE Ladysmith Black Mambazo! Hopefully, Inala will come here…

    Secondly, the Diaghilev exhibition was, without a doubt, the BEST exhibition – of any type – that I’ve ever been to.

  2. Diana Freeberg
    September 3, 2014

    At the risk of sounding completely my age, the first thing I thought of at the mention of Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the film, Mean Girls. Unfamiliar with the work, I did a heavy amount of googling and checked out the site you provided.

    This focus on process is so fascinating. As a theatre artist, it was always important for me to include the audience in on as much process as possible, because it has always been as important as the product. Here we see an example of such a unique artistic product/experience that would never have had the same outcome with its incredibly unique process.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  3. sarasps85
    September 5, 2014

    Really glad you liked. I hope Inala will come here too.

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