DANCE POETRY and SPECIAL STATEMENTS

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Wilson Cano’s body painting on Henry


"Show me how a community dances and I'll tell you if they are healthy or not"

Confucius



"If a dancer dances -which is different from having theories about dance, or wanting to dance, or trying to dance, or having within your body the memory of someone else’s dance-, ... if a dancer dances, everything is there."

Merce Cunningham



"I heard some when that dance is the first one of the arts. I’d say that from all arts, dance is the one that engages more the entirety of the being. The poet is not the poem, the sculptor is not the sculpture, the musician is not the music, the architect is not the architecture, the actor is partially the role s/he is playing, but the dancer IS THE DANCE. When the final product of art is the very same body of the artist, when all the research and creative efforts are solved in the own movements of the person who researches and creates, we feel in the presence of a full fusion of life and art, in the presence of the exquisite coincidence of the shape and the content."

Translated by Maria Naranjo (editor of contemporary-dance.org) from the original in Spanish, by William Ospina (Colombian poet).



Postmodern picture


Heart, gold, stone,

dance Salome,

dance,

decapitate my head, just dance,

with your divine hips

make me smile,

I can't translate my vision of the world,

your green eyes,

the clearest pearls of a murderer,

bring me closer to my death,

dance,

dance,

dance and be damn

by all gods,

just dance and

make my world

the best world ever


Robert Ravenšćak



"It has never been important for me to know exactly why I am doing it. The basic sensation is wanting to do what I do"


David Zambrano
Talk about his dancing technique with SNDO, 2009.



"There’s two ways of working with the body. One is when mind informs the body; the mind is telling you what to do. That’s one way of working. The other is when the body itself informs the mind; your body impulses guide you and then you do these movements and suddenly they become your movement; its part of your creative process and you’re able, from that point of view, to have experiences that go beyond words; that go beyond your conscious thinking, but are part of you. That’s the thrill of working with movement."


Anna Halprin



“The word dance comes from Sanskrit and means ‘desire to live’”

B. Haselbach



When I dance


I dance for me,

Silent vibrations from within

Rhythm of the unseen,


I dance for me.

My steps follow their direction,

My heart-beat echoes their sound.


Some say I dance weird: they call me possessed.


If I dance raw, if I dance pure,

If I dance whirlwind, if I dance the spirits within,

No matter what they say,

I know I dance me.

I dance for me.


©2001 akachukwu chukwuemeka



“One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star”

F. Nietzsche



The dancer


Once upon a time, a dancer and her musicians came to the court of the Prince of Birkasha. She was admitted in the court, and she danced to the music of the flute, the lute, and the zither.

She danced the dance of flames and fire and the dance of swords and spears; she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space, and then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.

When she had finished, she approached the prince and bowed her body before him. The prince asked her to come nearer, and said unto her: "Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and delight, whence comes your art? And how is it that you command all the elements in your rhythms and your rhymes?"

The dancer came near, bowed her body again and said: "Gracious majesty, I know not the answer to your questionings. Only this I know: the philosopher soul dwells within her head, the poet soul dwells within her heart, the singer soul dwells within her throat, but the soul of the dancer dwells in all her body.

Khalil Gibran



“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your living room.”

M. Schmich



The Dance

The dance I feel at my heart-lubdub

The dance I feel in my throbbing brain

The dance I feel in my pulsating vein

The dance I perceive in every cell

seems to be a part of a dancing ocean

where electrons dance into death

and where electrons dance forth into life

Who dances? Who? Who?


Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya



“Dance like nobody’s watching.”

M. Twain



Dance! Dance! Dance!

An occasion to celebrate happiness

A movement to release pent up tensions

An impromptu display of rejoicing

An artistic portrayal of body movement


Dance –a rhythmic physical presentation

Danseuse’s display of delicate balancing

Diligence being the epitome of magnificence

Dance set to tunes surely mesmerizes the audience


Ingenious ways of sculpting dance movements

Incredible, the efforts of the choreographers

Imagination in excellent styles unbeatable for centuries

India boasts of a plethora of unparalleled dance forms


Cosmic dance of Lord Shiva in His abode at Kailash

Consort Parvati superbly accompanying the bash

Curious Devaas converging the area to witness the clash

Colorful are the descriptions of the divine dance!


Shiva’s dance form, Nataraja’s perfect balancing on one leg

Cosmic dancer representing rhythmic movement of the cosmos

Naturally inspires the dancers to reach to greatest heights

No wonder His Idol adorns every dancer’s home and podium


Lord Krishna’s dance on the venomous snake

Lurking in the sacred waters of the Yamuna

Leaving thousands of innocents afraid to bathe

Laid to rest thanks to the thunderous dance of the Lad!


Krishna’s Rasaleela in the Brindavan, the divine dance

Krishna replicating himself in as many numbers as the Gopis

Dressed in attire as resplendent as the magnificence of the Lord

Biggest dance event told in Bhagvatam is worth a thousand read


Folks! come in huge numbers to India, home of Dance

Bharata’s exponential Bharatnatyam in exquisite sequence

Kerala’s Kathakali a highly stylized classical dance-drama

Manipuri, Odissi and Kuchupudi dances full of grace and elegance


Dance to our tunes to learn to reach to excellence

Dance to your heart’s content to be in sync with brilliance

Dance to the copious classical music to picturesque poses

Dance to the graceful expressions of our sculptures in millions!


Rangarajan Kazhiyur Mannar



“Nothing happens until something moves”

A. Einstein



"I am absorbed in the magic of movement and light. Movement never lies. It is the magic of what I call the outer space of the imagination. There is a great deal of outer space, distant from our daily lives, where I feel our imagination wanders sometimes. It will find a planet or it will not find a planet, and that is what a dancer does."

Martha Graham



"Even with a lot of groundwork, and regardless of how complex it is, it doesn't have any sense if it doesn't become dance."

Merce Cunningham



"I have seen him stop people in class and ask them, 'Who are you? If you're you, don't try to dance like him or her. Dance like yourself.' He told us, 'Your own personal individuality is your most priceless asset.' Lester didn't want to make little Lester Hortons out of us."

James Truitte, excerpt from an interview with Larry Warren in New York City, June 3, 1973.

Taken from: The Lester Horton Website.



"The great mission of the dancer is to contribute to the betterment of mankind"

Ruth Saint-Denis



"If I could say with words what my dances express, I wouldn’t have a reason to dance"

Mary Wigman



"Great dancers are not brilliant for their technique; they are brilliant for their passion"

Martha Graham



Visitor's contributions:


Title: beautiful n unique
By: blu
From: Colin Johnson (blu)


I dropped beats on my feet and bass lines into space time, to find that place called sanctuary -a place where there are healin rainbows of red, yellow, pink n blue orange n purple n green mother nature theme! - pamperin me into my cultural unity tellin me about inner mysteries that im beautiful beautiful n complete that im beautiful beautiful n unique........


Title: Joy!
By: Sue Hodson
From: Rustenburg, South Africa


Dance,
flowing from within
Exploding up
and
out

A radiance
glowing, moving, swirling
a bubbling transformation from
stillness
into
life.

Joy Divine!


Title: Dance faces you towards heaven...
By: Anonymous
From: No location given


Dance faces you towards heaven, in whichever direction you turn.


Title: Dancer
By: Poppin Boy
From: Riyadh Ksa


I love dance, Graphic I dance for laughter, I dance for tears

I dance for fear, I dance for screams

I Am a dancer and I create dreams.....





Title: For dancers.
By: Anonymous
From: No location given


Fall seven times, stand up eight.


Title: I will write peace on your body.
By: Anonymous
From: Japan


“I will write peace on your body and you will dance over all type of dances”

Adaptation to dance from the original of –Sadako Sasaki-


Title: Zen Statement on dance
By: Anonymous
From: Japan


Zen statement on dance, Graphic



Not speaking is the dance
Some things are better left unsaid












Title: Humanist gift (exchange)
By: Léa Donald MBEMBANIT
From: Brazzaville Republic of Congo
Dance Poetry by Léa Donald MBEMBANIT, TAKA-YA-YA-GOGA






Dance is a spirit. We must make a human revolution by contributing to the world peace.

The contribution to world peace is the best expression of contemporary dance or other traditional dances in the world.

Dance for me is a moment of contemplation. I discover the world through my vision.

Dance Poetry by Léa Donald MBEMBANIT, MATINU-MAGOGA And dancing is the best way to express what one feels in the contemporary world. Because there is no difference, me and dance, I'm a dance and the dance is me.








Title: Dance
By: Annonymous

Moving with your feet
Spinning and turning non-stop,
regardless of how complex it is.
Leaps so high as the sky
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
A movement to release pent up tension.
An artistic portrayal of body movement
Rhythm of the unseen
Expressing my fears and feelings
Helps me get by day by day
Flowing from within
Translating my vision of the world






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