By Carrie Stern

Some choreographers hold the reins tight, making decisions alone. Others use chance structures to determine flow, such as Merce Cunningham who famously consulted the I Ching to order carefully crafted segments. But there has always been a collective strain in modern dance — though the amount of input varies, modern choreography is often created with input from the performers.

Most commonly, choreographers ask dancers to explore specific segments of material, work through a problematic section in order to
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