Peter Chu does it again!
One of the greatest choreographers of our generation is featured in a very popular music video for DANCING (YES, with artistic intention behind it!). I get chills! This is the dance world at its best people. Feast your eyes…
Alvin Ailey once said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American – ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This idea of the “African experience” reveals an enduring classic that is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Ailey’s famous work “Revelations” explores a social progression from slavery to the celebration of freedom, taking the audience to places from the deepest grief to the holiest joy in the soul.
“Revelations” is composed of three main sections, each of these sections encompassing several pieces. The opening section of “Revelations” reveals Continue reading
I recently came across a book that has really put my craft into a new perspective. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland, is a non-fiction book written by artists for artists. The point of the book is to help the young and struggling artist survive in the art world and to conquer the various difficulties, obstacles, and fears that the developing artist faces. These difficulties come in two ways: internal and external. Internal obstacles are those obstacles that the artist has within herself, such as fears about herself, fears of others, an inability of the artist to find her own work. External obstacles are the difficulties one faces in the world of art, such as managing art production, finding time to pursue one’s own work, teaching in the academy, interacting with the art community, managing one’s art network, and so on.
I recently discovered a great blog site where dance bloggers of all backgrounds and styles of dance can come together to discover, connect, and participate with dancers all over the world to discuss all things dance! What I love about dancebloggers.com is the fact that it connects dancers to educate each other which is exactly my goal with my blog. It is a portal where choreographers, dancers, scholars, critics, and just observers intrigued by the “Dance World” can discuss a series of topics and answer questions, as well as show dance in the media and news. The blog helps dance bloggers connect and follow the dance blogosphere; it also allows people interested in dance and blogging to learn more about the field. The blogs make a point to shed some light on the lengths dancers go to to book a gig, be successful in an audition, or even just get through a day without dancing. There are discussions about the passion dancers have for their craft through articles, books, reviews, photos, and videos to inspire and educate. Passion and dedication are two traits that are crucial to a dancer’s character because it is so easy to get burned out in this field of study. I even added my blog to this cite which is very encouraging that people will read my work and I could get feedback from it.
I found an entry on the blog that I have actually been looking for; really interesting dance photography. Richard Avedon is a fabulous and famous photographer who is known for photographing icons such as actors, singers, philanthropists, and some just plain ordinary people. In this entry, there are several photos of Avedon’s work with dance icons such as “The Mother of Modern Dance” Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and others. These photos are so inspiring and capture such interesting moments with the dancers that have never been seen before.
“Process defines performance,
Movement improves life,
Breath inflates space,
Your presence ignites elegance”
These words have and will stick with me for quite possibly the rest of my life. I got the amazing pleasure of working with the new up-and-coming choreographer Peter Chu so many years ago in a concert piece in high school and was so inspired by his philosophy about teaching and the dance world. He has such a great way of seeing and creating dance it is truly inspiring. Here is a piece of his work that I love and I hope to emulate his passions and someday be where he is today.