“The Church says: the body is a sin. Science says: the body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business.
The Body says: I am a fiesta.”
~ Eduardo Galeano
The summer of 2016 I finally understood what I want to be when I grow up: a movement researcher. Tom Weksler's Zen Acrobatics and Movement Archery resonates with me in a way that synthesizes so many great loves at once: stillness, athleticism, contemplation, playfulness, artistry, being out of my comfort zone, humility, studentship, dance, discipline, community, and exploration. When I watch him and Ido Portal move I see the union of mental and physical intelligence, and a merging of self-practice and humor. This world of movement unites so much that neo-plationic ideals of separation of body and mind dismantled. I feel hungry to sit more, and dance harder all at once. I feel called to make things, to retaliate against complacency, and to listen simultaneously. As a mover I am always curious how performance can offer anything to a world in upheaval, and how we as performers can lend ourselves to finding solutions. I am curious how I can use my body, my participation, and my "here-ness" to dismantle the way we unconsciously participate in the capitalist machine in almost everything we do. I love this video. I love that artists have the ability to shake up the human relationship to nature, to embodiment, to curiosity.
"I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Do not search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
Is there anything more beautiful than the improvisational product of neural networks? Can you imagine the hundreds of thousands of hours he's poured into proprioception, sensation, and sound? I love the synthesis of street dance and high art, a dichotomy that I am overjoyed to see collapsing. What a statement to put improvisational vernacular forms and Picasso side by side. That's the world I want to live in. Certainly that's how I've always seen dance.
I dance to retaliate.
I am but a world, some flesh and bones to keep it in.