It could be inspired by my childhood experience of snooker on the radio (are you old enough to remember that let alone admit that you enjoyed it). Or is it down to a later an understanding of the joy of cricket on the radio. Or perhaps more likely this is a reaction to dance on screen……
Why is it that as a live art form we seem to leap quite easily to the idea of dance being represented on TV or film? It isn’t a purely visual medium and the kind of work that tends to get made then reinforces the idea of dance being about telling stories or exploring relationship – or both (what we think that drama is about), as well as making beautiful bodies move beautifully, Ah now that really is what we think dance is about.
So perhaps with my limited interest in this kind of work – yes I do like technically well made, virtuosic movement, ‘aesthetic’ dance, even dance that tells a story (I have a background in theatre after all) perhaps the problem is that I understand that this isn’t all or even the best of what dance can do.
I understand the importance of the body in dance, I understand the importance of space, and the importance of time. I think I understand choreography. And if I then was imagining that dance could be made in any number of ways and places then what might I imagine dance would be on the radio.
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