An interesting artistic compilation and understanding of life and its creative spectrum’s. You can feel the push and pull in this piece of restraint and freedom as reflected in life as in art. -tM
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
The earliest known footage of break dancing circa 1930’s. -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
If the Music
is good, you dance. -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
Peter Lindbergh & Stephen Kidd X New York City Ballet
Freedom requires so much discipline. -tM
I miss the act of dancing. The letting go aspect of it even though you are still so concentrated on the technical is a dancers paradox, especially in ballet. My story as a dancer would read so differently today. Time and perspective change everything.
"When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I will tell you who you are." - Mikhail Baryshnikov
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.