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Can the visual energy of large mural art inspire a dance? No doubt!
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"D Squared" (Project 52, Week 25)
Can the visual energy of large mural art inspire a dance? No doubt! (Some really deep, electro funk beatz help, too.) This is the 25th installment of Daniel Mollner's Project 52--an original, dance-based video every week of 2012!!!
The Embodyment of Joy
Sometimes there's just so much joy and pleasure in movement that I can't possibly express it all with just one body...this is one of those times. In the video for Week 25, "D Squared", I felt so energized by the vibrant art and music in this piece that I had to create another me to dance and play with. Double happiness! Fortunately, movie magic made it possible. But you don't need special effects to experience this for yourself.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to play with personas on the dance floor. As you explore/invent different characters, notice the unique effect each has on your movement. For the bonus round, pick two and alternate between them creating the semblance of a duet so that they are dancing with and influencing each other. Potent stuff, kids. Be sure to return to your centered, unified self when finished by doing a ritual of some sort...ya know like splashing cold water on your face and repeating your name aloud several times as you walk backward in a circle. You don't want to induce Multiple Personality Disorder if you can avoid it.
Move It to Understand It
As dancers, we are translators. We translate external stimuli and internal impulses into the kinetic expression of rhythm and emotion. At least that's one way of thinking about it. And in this week's video, I needed to express the music I felt with my eyes when looking at the stunning mural art gracing the walls of Bill's Wheels, a skateshop here in Santa Cruz, CA. I actually want to leap into the wall and BECOME the art in front of me when I see shapes and colors like this. Since I haven't been able to achieve that level of molecular transmogrification yet, dancing what I see (and how it makes me feel) is the next best thing. In this case, "D Squared" became a phyiscalized translation of the visual art and it's effect on me in the form of expressive movement.
I believe that dance offers all of us the ability to connect with our surroundings in more meaningful and affecting ways than mere passive witnessing. Go out this week and try it. Pick something that you find visually evocative or compelling and dance it...not just dance with it, but dance it as a translation of your felt experience.