Guided by the idea of the Repertory Etude, ADLI approached artists based on relationship and opportunity to create materials that would provide broader access to repertory. The current Collection emerged as ADLI worked with choreographers who recognized the value of the Repertory Etude for preservation, education, and their own legacy.
While ADLI’s collection of materials is now a rich and diverse one, it grew organically with colleagues who were willing to go into uncharted waters with ADLI and was not based on pre-conceived ideas of what should be included. Moving forward, armed with new insights, ADLI is developing goals and guidelines to shape the growth of the Repertory Etudes Collection.
Current Goals and Guidelines
The content of the Repertory Etudes Collection has 3 primary goals:
- To provide dancers with high caliber concert repertory in a range of styles so that they may grow as artists and share the American dance legacy.
- To commission representative works from various time periods, genres, and styles that provide insight into American culture.
- To play a role in preserving signature masterworks and styles of American choreographers through the Legacy Methodology, a codified, yet dynamic system ADLI is developing, which deepens the practices by which dances are passed on.
In developing the Collection:
- First priority will be given to works that fulfill all three of these goals.
- Second priority will be given to works that are urgent either because of endangered status of the work or a rare opportunity presents itself.
- Third priority will be given to works that represent significant artists who are missing from the collection. (ADLI defines significant artists as those whose contribution provides key links to an understanding of American dance and its lineage.)