Although it sounds like the title of the next episode of Glee, it is in fact a new word that I have decided to throw my full clout behind. And that’s at least, well… two (wicker) horse power. It’s been created by throwing the words director and choreographer into a large mixing bowl, adding a pinch of wittery and blending well.
I’ve had several discussions recently regarding the current trend for creative teams to feature the same person as both director and choreographer. I say current trend with the likes of Stephen Mear, Andrew Wright, Rob Marshall, Jerry Mitchell and Kathleen Marshall all playing at Directoreographer, but the idea is not a new one with Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly being way ahead of the game.
But is it a wise move? Can you give adequate attention to both aspects of a production or movie and still achieve greatness? Well of course you can, and nine times out of ten it adds much needed cohesion to a process which might otherwise become fractured. I don’t dispute that the joy of collaboration through creative teams is a real gift and something I adore about working creatively on a show, but having a sole director/choreographer can be just as good, providing they have the necessary experience and vision to come through.