Sunday, November 26, 2006

on theatre and dance

"The performance civilization of European origin suffers from the division between theatre and dance, almost as though these two were two different universes of expression.
They are in fact a single world which develops into distinct genres and yet is rooted in the experience of how the performer's body-mind becomes scenically present.
Instead of theatre and dance, we can talk of deep dance and evident dance. Deep dance is typical of the scenic forms which do not appear to be danced. Evident dance sometimes separates itself from every mimetic or narrative criterion and presents itself as a pure expression of physical dynamism.
All performance, however, is dance at its physical and mental roots, a dance of energy and thought."

from the program of Ode to Progress by Odin Theatre

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