Sunday, January 22, 2006

art that changes us

i recently read ken foster's, plenary speech for dance/usa on tour.

this line struck me particularly:

I’m thinking that the times demand of us a deeper exploration of our individual psyche and correspondingly of the social and human psyche that is the substance of the human condition. There is no time now for self- indulgence; for lovely movement and pretty dances that just make people happy. If they go away without a deeper understanding of themselves or the contemporary world, why are we bothering?

this articulates, one of my problems with mark morris, i think. seeing l'allegro on friday, i felt like i had a good evening. saw some great dance. but, really, i left unchanged. the two moments, that did have an affect, were, what i will describe as, the partner changing love circle and a moment when there were about four couples on stage just embracing.

two pieces that have had that sort of life changing affect on me were johannes wieland's, artificial, and tim rushton's, graffiti.


Blogger fwc said...

"the times demand of us"? that's being a bit ego- and contemporary-centric, isn't it? are our times so dour that light works have no place? i agree that emptiness is mostly pointless, but it seems he grossly oversimplifies. there has always been worthwhile art that is more than just social commentary or "really deep thoughts" or self-expression.

6:48 AM  
Blogger maude said...

certainly i think everybody has the right to make whatever kind of work they want. i'm just more interested, as a spectator, in seeing heavier work. there are plenty of audiences who want light and easily accessible. entertainment value of course has its place.

12:52 PM  
Blogger tripp said...

i agree about artificial.
hands down life-changing piece for me was quintet to brahms.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Debra Cash, WBUR said...

You folks may want to know that not only is the Danish Dance Theatre coming back to Jacob's Pillow with two wonderful pieces, Kridt (Chalk)(which is the third part of the trilogy about language that started with the Beat Poet pieces seen here in 2004), and Silent Steps, a very complex work to Bach harpsichord concertos, but choreographer Tim Rushton just won the prize as best dance of the year for his "Requiem" at the Royal Danish Ballet. See

11:04 AM  

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