Tuesday, December 20

Dancers

I went to see my friend's contemporary dance choreography show - she's a performing arts student at a London university.

I was struck by the way the dancer's behaved on stage. Their training is obvisouly very strict, very technical. When they moved beautifully, it was a pleasure to watch them. Their concentration was immense. But they seemed to have no...identity..no real ego, and not a very demanding presence.. it was as though they were just the tools to demonstrate the work. Maybe this was particularly so because it was the choreographer's who were being assessed rather than the dancers - they were, in a way, the tools - but literally, they just walked off stage when it was over, no bow, no eye contact, didnt demand any recognition.. i found it most bizarre. They were not really performing.. or not acting, at least. Just.. dancing.