This weekend, dance inspired me; not only the dancers' athleticism and grace, but also the choreographers' creative work.
I recently finished reading the Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, one of our nations most prolific and well know choreographers. While the book was about being creative and applied to all artists, she also offered an inside look into the mind of a choreographer. With this new appreciation for choreographers, I attended my daughters' dance competition and watched/photographed the dances on a whole different level, especially my daughter, Domenica's, duet titled "Juxtapose. "
To be honest, I didn't know the definition of Juxtapose until my oldest daughter, Katie, schooled me. "Don't you know what juxtapose means?" she asked me with an impending "duh" in her tone.
"It's a literary term and means to compare and contrast two things."
Watch out SATs and the AP English exam...this girl knows her stuff.
With this fresh understanding, I saw the dance with new eyes. I appreciated the interconnection of the two dancers and the mirrored movement that looked so effortless. While viewing the photos with Domenica, she said that the two girls learned their parts separately because their dance teacher wanted it that way. They only practiced together a few times, making their synchronization even more impressive. Michelle, their teacher and choreographer for this dance, thought everything through: the dancers, music (or silence in the second half of the dance), movement, costumes, approach, execution...everything! This attention to detail in presenting her art pushed me to re-evaluated what I'm creating.
I went to this dance competition hoping to add photos to a fine art personal project I'm working on featuring the life backstage and came away with new inspiration. Juxtapose. The idea of comparing a dancer's work backstage or in rehearsal with their onstage performance, and the diptych above was born.
Juxtapose - no longer just a literary term but also an expression in both dance and photography.
Here are a few more backstage and onstage photos from "Juxtapose"...
This post is part of my ongoing collaborative project called Life in Loud. To see all the artist work from this week's gallery, click on the graphic below.