The Verbal Challenge: Describing Modern Dance As Succinctly As Possible While Evoking Visual Image and Possible Definition of Intent

Yeah....It can be that difficult to maintain brevity when attempting to describe modern dance to the non-dancer. This is by no means the first time I've visited this puzzle in my work but this is a most recent stab prompted by the impressive Jordon Cloud. So, here goes. My meager attempt to describe modern dance … Continue reading The Verbal Challenge: Describing Modern Dance As Succinctly As Possible While Evoking Visual Image and Possible Definition of Intent

Interpretive Dance: A Rant

There are plenty of semantic issues in dance, such as the definition of “contemporary” dance.  But the one that may frustrate me the most is the term “interpretive” dance. This is commonly used to describe modern dance when people (audiences) don’t seem to understand the artist’s intent.  In many instances, I think it is the … Continue reading Interpretive Dance: A Rant

“I’ve got legs!”- My take on collaboration

The good thing about marriage is the assembling of worlds, the meshing of experiences, tastes, and perspectives. The best thing of marriage is finding the infallible support system created upon that foundation. To the former, my other half introduced me to the comedy of Eddie Izzard. Life has not been the same since. There is … Continue reading “I’ve got legs!”- My take on collaboration

The Body, Part III: Form, Function, and Baby

I need balance. As I have matured, I have come to realize that for me to be happiest, I need a balance between physicality and intellectual stimulation separate from, or rather complimentary to, physical intelligence.  Most glaringly, these usually come down in the following ways:  heavy dancing/heavy writing, work hard/play hard, professional checks and balances/ … Continue reading The Body, Part III: Form, Function, and Baby

Part II: The Body Re-Members

  I wrote “A Passion Observed” over a month ago although it was only recently posted. Last week, Bill T. Jones was interviewed by Tom Ashbrook for NPR’s On Point radio show.  I always love the show, but when my favorite liberal artist/choreographer in on….I REALLY love the show.  (Last week also featured a show … Continue reading Part II: The Body Re-Members

The Body, Part I: A Passion Observed

Woman watches a stage full of eccentricly collected performers saturated in power, expression, individuality, character, and grace. Instead of seeing each detail, woman feels her way through the action, the story, the statement.  The experience transcends vision, permeates the body, infects the core, stops and starts the beating heart. Unable to speak, tears brimming, woman … Continue reading The Body, Part I: A Passion Observed

Finding 1st

I do a pretty funny impression (if I do say so myself) of a favored former professor of mine, in which I circle myself for a couple loops as if casually chasing my tail, finally locating my final destination and carefully placing myself accordingly:  1st position parallel.  Essentially, it is the same position I was … Continue reading Finding 1st