One of Mingus' best known works is The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, which is written as a ballet.

The four tracks are even named as a choreography (of some sort):

  1. "Track A – Solo Dancer"
  2. "Track B – Duet Solo Dancers"
  3. "Track C – Group Dancers"
  4. "Mode D – Trio and Group Dancers"
    "Mode E – Single Solos and Group Dance"
    "Mode F – Group and Solo Dance"

But I've never seen any choreography for this album. Has anyone ever written one?

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    @mlibby I agree with Bebs, please make this an actual answer :) Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 17:12
  • That's fine, will do. I'm not thrilled with it as an answer because (1) I know nothing about choreography and (2) the question seems to ask about "written" choreographies (as if maybe one could download a set of instructions or something, if such things exist), which is not what I found. But whatever. Thanks for prodding me.
    – mlibby
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 11:42

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There's definitely choreographed dancing that has been done to this music (witness http://youtube.com/watch?v=4fML73zVcTg and http://youtube.com/watch?v=h3R_lTxyhdE, which I found with a Google search for 'mingus "the black saint and the sinner lady" choreography'), so that's an existence proof that someone probably wrote out a choreography.

Are you perhaps asking if such a choreography has been published (like as a set of written instructions or something), such that you can get your hands on a copy? If so, sorry: I don't know how to find such a thing.

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