I came across an article on dance and media artist Jonah Bokaer and his views on the future of modern dance (I’ll post the original article in the comments section if anyone is interested). In one of his most quotable moments he brought up some of his past experiences with more traditional dance companies, and it really struck me as all too familiar:
“Directors of a modern-dance company once advised me to lose weight. Which is fine — it was their company, they governed how they wished. But I also think dance companies are sort of a Jurassic creation. You could spend money preserving fossils, too, I suppose…but actually, fossils get better funding than dance companies.”
Yes, the whole weight issue is often the elephant in the room, and for another day, another blog. Or many many blogs because as a dancer and personal trainer I’ve got a lot to say about it… But what I admire most about this artist is that he doesn’t just talk about how modern dance companies can be archaic, stale, blah blah blah. He actually creates his work in new mediums that push the envelope and extend new visions for what modern dance could look like. Yes, traditional performance spaces can and should stick around because there are so many positive experiences embedded in live theater… But why not additionally find NEW performance spaces to relate to how people interact to dance TODAY?
Bokaer created a dance using an iPad as his performance space. I posted this video rather than the app itself because you can see a little of the action behind the scenes and get an idea of how it works. Also, I didn’t buy the app yet because it’s 99 cents…. Yes I may be cheap, but don’t forget I’m a dancer and not a paleontologist… :)