Friday, May 21, 2010
We do want to make performances!
We don't need to worry about what dance is - uninteresting effort of classification - more important greens to fry. Let's concern ourselves with what performance is. No, let's not worry about that - it's anything.
But it is, usually, most interesting for performer and witness when the performance is framed - or is an intensification - of any activity or non-doing. The former usually involves an outside influence working on it and the latter involves an inner influence on the thing being done.
Intensification - framing: a hyper-realness. It's not unreal, it's not disconnected from ordinary activity, but it is an intensification of it. We usually find this interesting, cathartic, illuminating. It's Japanese rock gardens, it's opera, it's a good poem - it's a distillation, it's making essence of, it's making a beautiful point of something - we find this penetrating, helpful, healing - like a good medicine, like a good meal, like a thanksgiving, like a "look at that bird!" - and we look up and see one bird, wheeling, framing in the sky. Our look, our point, intensified it.
Dandelion greens - a revelation in garlic, lemon, and olive oil. I'm in love and astounded that we don't eschew difficult broccoli and brussel sprouts for going out on the lawn every night. I recommend this over rice with a martini, which accounts for this rant. Also I stretched. Lightly - doesn't always need to be so intense, I told myself - it can be easy and light, partial - or, it can be just what it is, more spirit than matter, if we must make the distinction. Doesn't need to be all matter, all the time - this is a modern dancer's - a sensate pagan modern dancer's insistence - a sensate pagan Catholic modern dancer's insistence. Who generally wants intense experience, intense performance, all the time.