Stripped

Photography: Alexey Brodovitch

Photography: Alexey Brodovitch

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

When Baroque meets Contemporary

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

Moments of Destruction

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

 

Tiny Dancer

Photography: tM

When children dance there is a different type of freedom that is exhibited then that of watching any adult engage in this type of creative movement.

There is no concern for any true facts of the world, there is no getting it right, there is no involve of what others may think, the imagination has centre stage, not the ego.

Their movements in play and dance reveal incredible optimism. Not just optimism about the world but also about the human condition.

And that, in my opinion is the definition of true freedom, that of mind, body, and soul. They soar above the constraints of our people made world as the rest of us look to them for what we deeply need, for what we are missing; found, in the imagination of a child. -tM

What Does It Take?

What does it take to jolt you out of your rhythm? To move in a direction you have not grown accustomed to? When do you step away from the crowd and allow yourself to become who you really are?

The Japanese say we all have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone.  It is the truest reflection of who you are.

I wonder how different the world would be if we all had the valor to reveal that face, to cross that threshold,  break that invisible barrier and jump through they eye of the storm individually;  shaking things up, and changing the way we even perceive ourselves. This video made me contemplate just that.

-tM