How do you move? How do you use your body to express yourself? Do you take to the dance floor or do you move in the privacy of your own home? Where does your letting go happen?
Baryshnikov has been known to say that “When the body moves, it is the most revealing thing. Dance for a minute and I will tell you who you are.”
I miss that child like freedom of letting go wherever you are. Allowing the body to move as it wants to without the awareness that people may be judging you. Self-awareness is a beautiful thing, but somewhere along the way we allow the projections of others insecurities into our space, and often times internalize them.
I was always free in ballet class, but never really on the dance floor. Great with instruction, not so great with the freedom of creative movement. But I have always danced, sometimes for hours in front of a mirror just watching the beauty of movement.
Music and dance allow me to stop pretending, stripping me, I shed the residue of anything I may have been carrying. It’s a way of getting back to myself.
How about you, what kind of movement connects you to your inner being? -tM
Bach was my favourite composer to play on the piano, complicated pieces, and sounds translated onto the piano. The whole point was to make Bach sound effortless, simple. This young man does what I tried to do with my hands, he simplifies Bach through dance and gives it a secondary life through his own movement.
Simply beautiful. -tM
French dancer Leo Walk performing by the ruins in Costa Verde, Sardina. You will be transported and your energy elevated by the end of this performance. -tM
I remember the ritual of breaking in my point shoes. Collectively they were such proud moments for me. I am not certain as to why, perhaps because I was good at the entire operation and dissection of it all.
I think every dancer, athlete, performer, chef, painter, or innovator, has a ritual to break-in their shoes or tools with which they create. They become an extension of your unique ability to create and give back to yourself and to the world. -tM
"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction." -Picasso
"Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully and with inevitability."
- Martha Graham
This is for the dance. For what comes from deep within. This is for the sacrifices, for life, for art, for the soul, and its truth. You feel this. -tM