The Pop Music Choreography of Michael Peters Term Paper

A discussion on the lasting influence of Michael Peters, one of the most prominent music video choreographers of the 1980s.
# 150950 | 1,206 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 15, 2012 in Music Studies (General) , Dance (General)

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The paper asserts that Michael Peters had a dramatic influence on the way dancing is choreographed in pop music contexts and he was highly influential on succeeding generations of pop choreographers. The paper looks at several music videos, performances, Broadway productions and popular television programs to provide evidence of the degree to which Peters' style of choreography has permeated popular culture. The paper posits that although he died at a young age, he left a legacy of work that will likely be seen in popular music and popular culture for many years to come.

From the Paper:

"In 1982, Michael Peters collaborated with director John Landis and pop superstar Michael Jackson on "Thriller." Still widely considered the greatest and most important music video of all time, "Thriller" was essentially a short-film centered around a horror-themed plot and the title song of what would become--due in no small part to the revelatory success of the video itself--the biggest selling album ever produced. Therefore, to say that the work of the late Michael Peters was important is an understatement. Though "Thriller" was his most iconic work, he had already amassed an impressive resume of 1980s hit-making videos by that point. According to Monfalco (1994), Peters' credits "including choreography for Donna Summer's Love to Love You Baby, Michael Jackson's Beat It, Pat Benatar's Love is a Battlefield [and] Lionel Richie's Hello." (Monfalco, p. 1) In all of these works, Peters' signature style is on display. This, it is clear, owes a great debt to Broadway and music theatre. His scenes favor large, ensemble sequences intended to convey a highly structured narrative. Peters truly perceived the evolving medium of the music video as a way to tell the song's story through interpretive dance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chu, D. & Rowes, B. (1984). Michael Peters Is the Hot New Choreographer Who Makes Dancers Out of Video's Rock Stars. People.
  • Dunning, J. (1994). Michael Peters, a Choreographer of 'Dreamgirls,' Is Dead at 46. The New York Times.
  • Landis, J. (1982). Michael Jackson's "Thriller." YouTube.
  • Monfalco, T. (1994) While You're Dancing Like a Zombie, Remember Choreographer Michael Peters. Art Here and Now.

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