At Bennington College, I co-founded and co-run an organization called the Bennington Movement Collective. The Movement Collective is the product of many conversations had with my dear friend and artistic collaborator Corina Dalzell regarding how students at Bennington take advantage of existing opportunities to be involved in dance and the movement arts, and what was missing. We created a forum in which students who are not enrolled in movement courses or are unable to participate in student projects can still meet weekly or drop in occasionally for workshops, discussions, film screenings, or what have you.
One of my projects for the Movement Collective this term has been to increase our use of social media and online identity. I’ve been writing and curating guest posts for our blog, which is part of the reason why my own blog has gone unattended. I’ll share here part of a piece I wrote in response to Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal at BAM last month; click on the link to read the rest.
pina bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal: an army of limb-y creatures
in poetry, we try to distinguish between the scenario and the about-ness of a poem, and often begin our discussions by identifying what is OCCURRING and what is BEING SAID.
what OCCURS in …como el musguito en la piedra, ay, si si si… is perhaps a deranged dinner party on an iceberg.
what is BEING SAID feels limitless. the work explores relationships (and within those, vulnerability, aggression, teasing, loss, longing, flirtation…), ideas of beauty and presentation (i can’t stop thinking about the woman applying makeup while the man pours out a bottle of water over her head), the joy of movement itself (remember in the movie PINA when that one man does the movement during the piece with the rock and then everyone joins in?)…and more. (click to read the rest)