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Reimagining dance with Brandon

Feb 19, 2020
 

Dancers,

This week on the podcast, my job was easier than ever. I had a conversation with one of my best friends. I recorded it. I uploaded it. 

Brandon is a kindred spirit. We read, listen, and contemplate the same things, but where I am immediately restless about implementation, he is slow, thoughtful, and holds much more space for ideas to develop. Our conversations are usually several hours long and leave me filled with new sparks of interest and creative fuel.

I am sharing this conversation because a pretty consistent subject for us is that of whether the way we train in dance is actually useful. The creativity, the athleticism, the value system-- is it really the best we can do? How much of what we do/ think/ say in dance is based on a whole, critical, informed thinking and how much of it is based on "that's the way it's always been done?".

I often wonder-- if I could go back to the beginning of dance as we know it, knowing everything I do now, having a total blank slate, what would I do? 

How would I integrate a deep knowledge of our own bodies, the science of learning dance, the infinite creative possibilities? Could there have been a better way to create this dance world we're all so engrossed in?

These are things I think about every single day.

I invite you to listen to part one of us reimagining dance and eavesdrop on the inner workings of two nerds who really, really like dance.

 

Onward,

 

April

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