this is a dance performance

Quoted from Andrew Wass’ blog on 10.22.2011 (http://wasswasswasswass.blogspot.com/):

A fashion show is a dance performance with an emphasis on costume.

A concert is a dance performance with an emphasis on sound.

A construction site is a dance performance with emphasis on set.

A play is a dance performance with emphasis on text.

A fireworks show is a dance performance with emphasis on lighting.

A dance performance is a dance performance with emphasis on movement.

A presidential debate is a dance performance with emphasis on performer.

I am sitting in front of the computer, thinking about my current dance practice, my inspirations, and how things have changed since becoming a parent about thirteen months ago. The baby monitor is fuzzing beside the laptop, and I am always waiting for her to wake up again. Oh. Wait. Not waiting… Ok. I’m back. I am always waiting for her to demand closer proximity in our duet.

Motherhood is a dance performance with emphasis on continual duet.

That doesn’t quite fit Andrew’s form. But I find, as a new mom, nothing fits perfectly anymore. There is always a jagged edge, a missing part, a rough spot. Nothing is ever finished. Nothing is ever done. Continual transformation. Continual dance. I cannot choose not to dance. Again, I am called to closer proximity. Again and again, I am called to dance.

~Margaret Paek,   Movement Research faculty and Artistic Advisory Council member

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