“The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world” – Mata Hari
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines MOVEMENT as the act or process of moving; especially: change of place or position or posture.
In referring to this definition, MOVEMENT sounds feasible, simple, and quite to the point. In some cases, it very much is just that. Roughly at the age of 1 we develop the physical capability along with the “guts” to take that first step, even if it was assisted with a pigeon wide legged stance. With very few ticks of the clock we walk without thinking about it. Some MOVEMENT is autonomic, brought upon by subconscious wiring and other movement is a response to a conscious demand.
As dancers, we are constantly confronting MOVEMENT. Just like our 1st step, our first plie didn’t automatically look so pretty. Maybe if we knew on that 1st plie that we would need to be 180 degrees rotated with our knees over toes, all while coordinating port de bras, we would have chosen a different path. Fortunately, dancers seem to be wired by a mind that is engulfed, intrigued and attracted to the challenges that MOVEMENT in dance presents to us.
MOVEMENT is everywhere. It is in us to move. We move without moving. Most importantly, MOVEMENT makes us dancers. We create MOVEMENT but mostly MOVEMENT creates us.
So with this I introduce to you MOVEMENT Wednesdays. In a very dancer kind of way.