by Nicole Harris
In the spring we talked a bit about Musings and where they came from. Today I thought we'd back up a bit and talk about a word we use here at Monkeyhouse every day in everything we do:
CHOREOGRAPHY - This may seem like a simple one but there are many ways to look at it. According to the dictionary choreography can be defined as:
n. the sequence of steps and movements in dance or figure skating, esp. in a ballet or other staged dance.
Recently I have had a number of conversations about Monkeyhouse's definition of this word that is the base of
our entire organization. We see choreography as:
Movement with meaning.
Our definition still covers choreography in the traditional sense, in dance concerts, movies, theatres, ice skating rinks and on Broadway. However, it also covers a much wider range of ways that each of us move every day. Movement is everyone's first language and it helps us create a frame of reference for the verbal language we learn soon after.
My favorite example of how you (yes, you) use choreography is to think back to your last job interview. You put a lot of thought into how you dressed and putting your resume together. Unconsciously, you also thought about sitting up straight, not fidgeting with your pen, making eye contact and the firmness of your handshake. Each of these movements portrayed a specific message. You are the right person for this job. You are confident and self assured. A people person. That right there, folks, is choreography.