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Unsung artists

September 27, 2008

IN Ann Powers' review of Janet Jackson's concert [Sept. 19], the headline "Well-planned choreography helps put her fully in charge at Staples Center" caught my eye. Although Powers mentioned the dance, dancers and "demanding routines," she never mentioned the artists responsible for that staging and choreography. As author of "Film Choreographers and Dance Directors," over the years I have attempted to educate film critics about the same omission. The art of dance-making is supposed to make it seem as if the performers are making it up on the spot. But they are not. Choreography is one of the last media "crafts" that does not have a union, residuals/royalties or Oscar recognition.

Your review acknowledges that Jackson's tour is a slick Cirque Du Soleil/Las Vegas/Stadium Halftime Show combined. Those who "well-planned" those moves would appreciate recognition.

Larry Billman

Brea

Ann Powers replies: "Mr. Billman is right in criticizing me for not including the choreographer's name. Jackson's primary choreographer is Gil Duldulao; he also appeared as a dancer in her show."

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