Hey y’all. Get ready to check out the new Blog site for Le Groupe Dance Lab on September 10th (Hopefully). We’re going through some adjustments and I’m sure will continue to do so once it is up. Each process the choreographer will be blogging about their creative process at the Lab. The dancers and the monitor will also be posting their experience so you will have the perspective from on all sides. We are going to feature video footage of the creative work being done as well as video interviews of the participants. It is going to be an experiment and I hope you will comment on the stuff that you will be seeing and reading. I find that getting an insight of a choreographers’ physical and creative mindset helps in understanding and appreciating work. It is going to be intriguing stuff!!! We’re making this site as interactive as possible and will welcome your opinions and commentaries on the dance experiments that is happening on-site.
Internet technology can be a solution to contemporary dance’s continuous dilemma of disconnect and its constant inability to develop and sustain audience . This art form is abstract, challenging, and at times intimidatingly intellectual therefore the difficulty to attract a mass public should not be surprising. Often choreographers, funding bodies, presenters, dancers, academics and critics are just perpetuating this problem. We are a a very contradictory group who wants to be recognized but refuses to acknowledge the fact some of the work that is produced are not going to attract a mass public; this is the reality of our art form. It doesn’t mean that one has to create in order to ‘please’ the viewer unless that is the main goal of the work. With as much integrity as possible, my personal role as an artist is the need to comment or communicate a way of seeing the world and to challenge the public with this viewpoint. This does not mean abandoning my responsibility to the viewer but it just calls for a desire to achieve a deeper sense of quality and innovation. Sometimes that could have a reverse affect as I try to challenge myself and others in seeing things differently. These are the chances we must take when we call ourselves artists or we might as well be in the ‘arts and crafts’ category. Continue reading Ongoing dilemmas of disconnect in contemporary dance