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Staging from the Score

 

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Staging dances from Labanotation scores opens up a wealth of possibilities for a dance company or school. Audiences can enjoy works from many eras and of a wide variety of styles. Dancers and students are exposed to repertory that can help them broaden their performance range. It is possible to present well known works or works with historical significance. “New” works or choreographers can be discovered.

Staging a work from a score can be easily arranged, and DNB will help with each step along the way.

We Can Help You...

 Save money. (Our stagers are efficient because the dance score is at their fingertips; no time is wasted with memory losses. The answer to a question is always the same.)
 Select a work that suits your style.
 Contact the choreographer or estate for permission.
 Provide rehearsal music tapes, marked music scores, and videotapes (if available).
 Provide costume, set, lighting, and other production information.
 Supply a stager and/or style coach.
 Help find sources for costume or set rentals.
 Point you in the right direction for obtaining music rights.

Learn More Below

Did You Know...?
Some of the Many Organizations That Have Used Our Services
Restrictions
Educational Use
Frequently Asked Questions


 



Did You Know...?

 The DNB provided the score, resulting in the staging of the "lost" Balanchine work, Symphony Concertante at American Ballet Theatre?
 Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table was staged at Ohio State University, accompanied by lectures, films and other events?
 The Doris Humphrey Society was formed in her birthplace of Oak Park, Illinois following the staging of many Humphrey works there?
 The State Ballet of Missouri recently resurrected Antony Tudor's ballet Offenbach in the Underworld fifteen years after its last performance?


 



Some of the Many Organizations That Have Used Our Services

The Paris Opera, La Scala, Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Utah Repertory Dance, Ballet du Rhin, Kansas City Ballet, Vienna Staatsoper, State Ballet of Missouri, Hamburg Ballet, Star Dancers of Tokyo, New York Theatre Ballet, Los Angeles Dance Theater, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, New Zealand School of Dance, Theater Vassar College, Southern Methodist University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, University of California at Irvine, Conservatoire National de Paris, The Juilliard School, Walnut Hill School.


 



Restrictions

Notating a work does not change the fact that the choreographer owns his/her dance and has the right to restrict its use. The Staging section of our site contains only works which, in general, have been cleared for performance; however, most projects still require approval by the choreographer, usually granted. Our Notated Theatrical Dances catalog includes all notated works, even those for which permission may not be given.


 



Educational Use

If a dance or parts of a dance are used in the classroom or for research, there is usually no charge other than the score rental; access to the dance score is always at the discretion of the choreographer or his estate. The great majority of scores are available for this type of use.


 

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What are the steps involved in the process of staging a work?
2. What services can the DNB provide?
3. What scores are available?
4. How do I know what available score would be right for my company or students—in terms of numbers of dancers, style, complexity of movement?
5. What are the costs involved?
6. What is the payment schedule?
7. How do I find a stager? Must I use a stager from the DNB? Can a faculty member stage the work?
8. What is the difference between a stager and a style coach? Will I need both?
9. What are the restrictions involved with a staged work?
10. What is the best time frame for negotiating a staging? How far in advance of rehearsal and performance should a contract be negotiated?


 
  1. What are the steps involved in the process of staging a work?

The first step is to select a work to stage. Works in the DNB archive are listed in our Notated Theatrical Dances Catalog. You can also look through a listing of solos available for staging and a listing of works by Doris Humphrey. For help in selecting a work, contact our Director of Programs. Our Director of Programs will lead you through the process—from selecting an appropriate piece to negotiating the contract particulars. It will be helpful if you can provide the following information when you contact us:

Name of dance and choreographer
Name of contact person (if different from person making request)
Name of dance company or university department
Contact address, phone number and email
Name of stager
Length of contract requested
Date of first performance
Number of performances

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Once a work has been selected, the next step is to obtain permission from the choreographer or estate. Most choreographers/estates make decisions on a case by case basis so they will want to know something about you and your company or school. It may be necessary to have the stager identified before permission is granted. In most cases, DNB can assist with obtaining permission. We can also help you find a stager if you do not already have someone in mind. The choreographer or estate will also give you information about the license and royalty fees.

If the choreographer or estate gives permission, a contract needs to be negotiated. Sometimes the DNB executes the contract on behalf of the artist, sometimes it needs to be negotiated directly with the artist or designated representative. In all cases, it is the owner of the rights to a work who sets the license and royalty fees. DNB has no control over these fees.

Once a contract is completed, all the materials needed to mount a dance will be sent to the stager. DNB will continue to be available throughout the entire staging to provide additional information and advice.

After the work has been staged and performed, the DNB materials need to be returned within 30 days of the final performance. The contract also stipulates that DNB be sent copies of any videotapes produced and a copy of the program. We will also be contacting you to see how the experience went. We appreciate any information you can provide that help us improve our services.

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2. What services can the DNB provide?

We can help you find works that are suitable for your company or school.

We can contact the choreographer for you and help arrange for permission to perform the work.

We can help you find a qualified stager and/or style coach.

DNB provides the materials you need such as the dance score, marked music score, rehearsal music tape, videotape and production information.

We will help you find sources for costume or set rentals.

We will provide information on whom to contact to obtain music rights.

Our Director of Library Services can answer questions and provide further information from the non-circulating material in the DNB archive.

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3. What scores are available?

A full listing of the notated works at the DNB can be found in our Notated Theatrical Dances Catalog. On our web site, you can also find a listing of notated solos and a list of notated works by Doris Humphrey.

Please note: The inclusion of a dance work in any of these listings does not imply automatic permission to perform. Choreographers and estates usually make decisions on a case by case basis. Director of Programs or Director of Library Services can advise you on what works are generally made available and which ones are usually restricted.

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4. How do I know what available score would be right for my company or students—in terms of numbers of dancers, style, complexity of movement?

Our Director of Programs would be happy to discuss your needs with you and to suggest possible dances to stage.

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5. What are the costs involved?

Costs can vary widely, especially license and royalty fees. A listing of all the costs involved, with some indication of range, can be found on the fees page.

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6. What is the payment schedule?

The normal payment schedule is as follows:

DNB service fee: due within 30 days of receipt of contract

Choreographic fee (license and royalty): Due one week prior to the first public performance of the staged work.

Stager fee (if applicable): Due one week prior to the first rehearsal.

Artist coach fee (if applicable): Due one week prior to the first rehearsal.

Per diem and travel (if applicable): Paid directly to the stager and/or coach upon arrival.

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7. How do I find a stager? Must I use a stager from the DNB? Can a faculty member stage the work?

Dance Notation Bureau can help you find a qualified stager. We have a pool of talented stagers and can advise you on who would be most knowledgeable about the style of your selected work.

It is not necessary to use a stager from the DNB, just as long as the choreographer or estate approves the stager. If you have a qualified stager on your company or school staff, we encourage you to use them.

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8. What is the difference between a stager and a style coach? Will I need both?

A stager teaches the dance from the beginning, teaching all the steps and preparing the dancers for performance. A dance that is taught from Labanotation is taught the same way that any dance would be taught. The stager arrives at the rehearsals knowing the dance and teaches the dancers in the same way as someone teaching from memory. However, a stager from score has one big advantage - when a question arises, the score can be consulted and a definitive answer is provided.

Sometimes the choreographer or estate may also require a style coach. The coach comes in after the dancers have learned the steps from the stager and works with them on the style of the piece, adding the qualities needed for performance. A style coach may also be required if the stager has little experience.

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9. What are the restrictions involved with a staged work?

Permission from the choreographer or estate is required before a dance can be used for any purpose, educational or performance. If there is to be a public performance, a contract is needed and the choreographer sets license and royalties fees. For help in determining if your use meets the definition of public performance, see the public performance information on our web site or contact Director of Programs.

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10. What is the best time frame for negotiating a staging? How far in advance of rehearsal and performance should a contract be negotiated?

A staging can be arranged at any time, but you need to allow time for the contract negotiations before you want the rehearsals to start. The farther in advance you contact the DNB, the better the chances that everything can be arranged in a timely manner.

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If you have any further questions, or want to start the process of staging a work, please contact Director of Programs.