Thursday, August 20, 2009

Passion Party #52 - Dance Like No One is Watching

There is a 100-year old philosophical riddle,
"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" The answer seems to be that the sound is attached to the observation of the action.

We went out last night and saw a belly dancing show.
A group of lovely ladies, all ages and sizes,
displaying traditional and fusion dances filled with isolation of movement.

I couldn't help but wonder, what if Merce Cunningham
had been a belly dancer?
What if the belly dancing troupe used Cunningham's chance techniques
to create a dance?
That would be something to see,
a complete melding of the highest and lowest chakras.
The dancers might reach spontaneous combustion...

This is a wonder of creation
that whether we had shown up last night or not
the dance would have gone on
the costumes would have been worn
the music would have played
and the dancers would dance.
The dance goes on
You don't need an audience
You just need the spirit and desire
to enter the dance
It has already begun
I can dance today
like no one is watching.

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