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Monday, October 12, 2009
“But while music easily evokes in me a dance reaction, it is the development of the dance that a great divergence often occurs.” This part of “Composition in Pure Movement” really drew my focus. At first I thought of how this may relate to the theme of the saying, “it's the journey that counts, and not the destination.” but at a second glance it seems to demand more understanding. This “great divergence” Mary Wigman mentions must have a much deeper meaning. In her context of dance it appears as though she views her dance as more than just a visual representation of the sounds to which she is dancing. It is as if her movements are themselves instruments which accompany the already present music. A dance piece to an orchestra demands more than just expression of what is being heard. It demands the movement to be akin to the movement of the fingers and hands of the instrumentalists. She creates her own piece to a musical arrangement. I really like this idea. I feel like her ideas sort of transcend what it means to really dance to music.
After reading “Making Pictures,” by D.H. Lawrence, I was reminded of the initial question we were asked to think about in class, “what is art?” D. H. Lawrence makes a good case for filtering through what he feels makes art good or not. I feel, however, that art is still such a subjective craft. What makes a painting or a picture good or true has too much to do with that scientific approach that D. H. Lawrence was condemning. Science is very quantitative and art is not, therefore when one attempts to quantify how much emotion, thought, passion, or feeling one puts in a line of paint or a pallet of color, one leaves the realm of the very basic fundamental of art. The basic fundamental of art is still up in the air as to the definition. I say let art be art. Don't worry so much about the defining qualities of it or if it's good art or if it's not good art. If it speaks to you or stirs you in some way, great! If not, you may need to keep looking for something that tickles your fancy. Change where you're looking or write an essay about what you like, if that makes you feel better. In the words of the Beatles, “Let it be.”
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Last night i attended the orchestra concert at the U triple C. it had been ages since that last time i had been to an orchestra so i was very excited to be there. my roommate serena was gracious enough to attend with me. I enjoyed the performance thoroughly. from the first graceful lines of Mozart to the wasp-like buzzing of the strings, to the crash and boom of the cymbals and drum. i am always taken back by how powerful that classical music can be. Not only in a dynamic sense but also an internal emotional sense. for example, i really enjoyed the tension in Ralph Vaughn William's The Wasps. at times there was a very happy and energetic feeling, almost as if one would put music to the path that the insect might fly. naturally, the music became very intense as if describing a swarm of them, or even perhaps just evading a predator. My favorite thing about the show was definitely how accessible it was to really put yourself into the music and enjoy the ride.