Body and Mind… A follow-up.
This morning’s random musings lead me to this thought: I like watching dancers who have clearly put lots of thought into their performances. I like watching a dancer with something to say. I like watching a group of dancers express themselves emotionally. I want to see into the dancers’ souls briefly, to see what makes them tick, what shadows they hide.
What bores me? I don’t like watching a dancer who has no story to tell. I don’t like watching a dancer who is just showing off technical skill with no meaning behind it all. I often find performances that are just energetic and fun dull. Performances that have put more thought into their presentation than the overall idea of their performance leave me cold. What’s the point? What are you trying to tell me? What is your story?
I want a connection.
Art is about being raw. Art is not always about being pretty. Art is not just about having fun. Art is about expressing your inner Shadow, your demons, your scary secrets in a way that not only provides you with catharsis but also helps others cope and deal with their own demons. Art is about making a connection beyond, “wow, that performance was really fun!”, or “wow, did you see that girl’s isolations?”, or “did you see that girl with three swords on her head?”.
At the end of the day, I am a dancer because I want to make art, and I want to express my ideas, my demons, my dark elements in a way that feels natural to me. I practice my technique because my technique is my medium, my paint and my brushes that I use in my performances. I might not physically practice for 6 hours a day, but I think about dance and art from the moment I wake up to the moment I sleep. I am not a dancer because I just want to have fun. I am not a dancer because I just want to show off an aesthetic or my new dance tricks. I am a dancer because I have things I want to say and ideas to express that I don’t know how to express by any other means.