What about dancing on our own, in private, without an audience or even with a particular goal is so refreshing? So invigorating? When we’re not practicing and just letting it go.
Terrence featured an interesting thought about this and I’ll see if I can keep the discussion going (perhaps tangentially).
When we are practicing, training, performing or even just dancing with or in front of our peers we are less likely to envision our space – our art – as sacred. When we dance on our own after our classes are finished, our training over, our performances finished and our peers retired from judging, what do we evoke?
I’ve always been fascinated by the sacred space that can be created in art. Not in a necessarily ritual or religious sense but in the creation of a space which obliterates the self. The notion of “letting go” or “losing oneself” is present in many forms of art, especially performance art. Our most divine work, that which is other-worldly, rarely manifests in front of an audience or when direct intention is behind it. It unfolds in moments of release.
Ever wonder why its such a classic image for people, trained or not, to just dance around in the kitchen with complete abandon? It’s a form of release. As dancers, when we take this same abandon and let our training flow through it, the art that it creates is an honest outpouring of ourselves.
Whether this has to do with the notion of Flow, as described in psychology, or some immersion within the world-as-it-is sans ego, it is nonetheless an exposure – a vulnerability – which releases us.
Perhaps this is going beyond the scope of this blog, but when you really get going, past the point of forgetting what lies beyond, where are you and what are you expressing?
Do you think dancing on our own is truly important? What does it mean to you? Where do you feel the sacred space in your dance is?