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Walnut Creek Ballet Company Crowdsources Choreography

| January 8, 2013
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It happened with news. It happened with financing. Now a ballet company in Walnut Creek is crowdsourcing its choreography.

In a process it dubs the “world’s first web ballet,” Diablo Ballet is taking suggestions starting Tuesday for a new ballet, via Twitter.

Participants can cast votes for one of three choices of music and can suggest the mood of the work, the emotions of the dancers, or different dance moves to include.

Here’s the video the company created to promote its project:

Dancer and choregrapher Robert Dekkers will turn the best of those ideas into a new production. “So what I’m hoping to do is take limitations if you will, choreographic ideas from a bunch of different people, and use them and then its my responsibility to make it good still,” he told KQED’s Cy Musiker.

Suggestions should have the hashtag #DiabloWebBallet.

The deadline is Valentine’s Day, and the new dance will be performed March 1 and 2 at the Shadelands Arts Center Auditorium in Walnut Creek.

Suggestions so far have varied widely, with one tweet suggesting a Mary Poppins ballet and another calling for something based on Led Zeppelin.

Here’s a taste of how the conversation is going:

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  • Leslie

    What a fabulous idea! Congrats to Diablo Ballet for leading the way with innovation. Why aren’t the big ones like SF Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre doing this? Diablo Ballet is a smaller company with half of the big guy’s resources. Now we can see who the real leaders in the dance world are.

    • Parisian

      Been done before. The “big ones” use cyber space just fine and dance more than one weekend a season in an actual theater.

  • Pouncekitty

    Been done before. Never works. Why not try it with Paintings? Cars? Architecture?
    Great artists LEAD, they do not follow the crowd.

  • Dance Bella

    Congrats to Diablo Ballet for doing something that has never been done before. These are great artists..both on the stage and on the world wide web. Great artists like these innovate, while the other get left in the dust.