Monday, June 21, 2010

Passion Party #238 - The Dance Of Life

The other week we saw the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
perform "Roaratorium", an hour long work
inspired by James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake"
with a sound collage by John Cage.

It was an hour of pure movement
not unstructured but not totally pre-arranged
the disconnect between the movement and the "music"
unnerving at times,
and so surprising the couple of times when the dance steps and the Irish music actually lined up in sync...

There was a joy, a freedom,
a freedom created out of practice and training
beautiful to watch
astounding in its coming together,
the solo dances, the pas de deux, the ensemble movements

The journey lasted until the music ran out
until the dancers moved the stools from one side of the stage to the other

It is this journey, between what you once were
and what you are becoming -
this is where the dance of life really takes place

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