So very glad I said "Yes." In fact I'm hereby resolving to say "yes" to more contemporary dance performances in the near future. The link above contains video excerpts that might help you see why -- exciting, fresh, innovative, moving, amusing, compelling -- and beautiful! How beautiful the human body is in its movements and its intelligence and its emotions, dance reminds us.
And then we were treated to an after-the-show chat with two of the dancers -- wonderfully illuminating discussion that pointed to the depths of experience and time and experimentation that the 75 minutes of actual dance drew from. Plus the astonishing revelation that the three or four dancers who took turns at the piano playing Satie's Gymnopédies learned to play, some of them almost "from scratch," specifically for this programme. As a long-time piano teacher who has prepared many students for conservatory exams, I was amazed at this challenge, this commitment to understanding the music, to changing one's body by asking something difficult of it.
If there's no opportunity for live performance near you at the moment, I see that Wim Wenders' gorgeous film, Pina -- a documentary film about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch -- is available on Netflix, here in Canada, at least. Of course, viewing it that way won't yield the same 3D experience I enjoyed before I posted about the film here. But I suspect there will be enough to grab your attention and hold you mesmerized in front of the screen -- last night's Co. Marie Chouinard performance has me antsy for a Pina rewatch, and I'm sure it will hold up on second viewing.
Une Femme d'un Certain Age should have posted on her version of Classic today, because I've been recognizing that I'm moving toward my own iteration -- which seems to be something involving clearer, simpler shapes and proportions that work for me. I also love that she's using the term "Flattering Enough" -- It covers what I decided my flat shoes were, with this outfit -- clearly, a heel would have given me a more flattering leg length, but I opted for a funky comfort that, I thought, was "Flattering Enough."
And made me smile. Thanks to Pater for following me outside with the camera to give my What I Wore photos a change from that mirror.
So have you been fortunate enough to take in a contemporary dance performance recently? Would you like to? Have you ever? And I know I've chatted about Pina here before, but some of you weren't visitors then, so let me ask again if you've seen it? and if so, did you love it?
And, of course, I welcome any comments I haven't posed questions for. I just like to hear from you. . .