Show Choreografie bei Tabaluga // Quelle: Alex Burgos
Mit dem US-Amerikaner Alex Burgos habe ich schon öfters zusammen arbeiten können. Der Wahl-Kölner hat schon für Michael Jackson getanzt und kam als Musical-Darsteller mit dem Starlight Express nach Deutschland. Zwischenzeitlich ist er etablierter Choreograf für Show-Inszenierungen und zeichnete unter anderem für die letzte Tabaluga Tournee verantwortlich. Im Rahmen meiner Interview-Reihe ein Einblick in die Arbeitswelt der Show Choreografie (ich hoffe alle sind des Englischen mächtig):
1. Alex, why would you say is choreography important?
Choreography in my view brings life and the telling of it to the audience. When the audience witnesses a brilliantly choreographed and danced piece their emotions are stirred and begin to feel a part of themselves moved in a way that they themselves can sometimes not explain…. they have been affected! I believe, on the part of the choreographer, it is important to make a statement that impacts viewers through the movement. If as a choreographer you have created something that ONLY you understand, it defeats the purpose of connecting with the viewers.
2. What has been the ultimate challenge for you as a choreographer?
In the event world working with Media Artist Andree Verleger. 12-15 years ago we started creating very intricate interactive performances that integrate dance/performance with over dimensional projection. The challenge was, and remains to be, how to convey a story and yet still present a product in a way that emotionally captivates the public. The more technology within a performance, the colder it can become. I believe we have successfully overcome this challenge. Have a glimpse:
In the theater world with Peter Maffay on the last Tabaluga tour. Here I had to work with a mass of larger-than-life props and costumes, which could have hindering the dancers, actors and musicians in their performances. Integrating these elements and bringing the story successfully across through movement was a challenge well met.
3. Where do you get inspired for innovative shows?
People, music, paintings, nature, literature, internet, the list is long. I believe you have to be aware of your surroundings and how they affect you or the people around you emotionally.
I also enjoy watching mainstream performance pieces whether they be dance performances or acting pieces but find a great deal of alternative energy and inspiration by smaller scale productions that are willing to take risks in their performances.
Alex Burgos was born and raised in New York City where he studied dance, acting and musical theater at the High School of the Performing Arts, Fordham University, Alvin Ailey school of Dance and Once Upon a Time Inc. He has danced for Michael Jackson and toured through Europe in various Musicals. He is an active choreographer and stage director for numerous event and touring musical theater productions.
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