Forget wood, tin, crystal and china. Forget about silver. Live Art Dance has been absolutely rockin’ it since our silver anniversary five years ago and we’re still tearing up the carpet now that we’ve hit Pearl (30).
What a nice run we’ve been enjoying these past seasons: a bunch of world premieres (BJM Danse, SiNS Collective, Lisa Phinney, Mocean Dance, & George Stamos), La La La Human Steps’ and O Vertigo’s first visits to Atlantic Canada, increased subscriptions and single ticket sales, a generous new sponsors’ circle, and lots of new buzz about what we’re doing. That all this growth has taken place during a time of recession economic downturn is all the more exciting, but maybe it shouldn’t be: smart guy Andrew Terris quipped to me (in the not-so-distant past) that increased attendance at contemporary dance events during times of economic hardship has been documented. Who’d a thunkit?
Well, now that we are thinking of it, why shouldn’t it be so? If a picture = 1000 words, dance is a 3D live moving beast of a communicator that can tap into our senses in ways well beyond the capabilities of static images and words. In a world full of Harpernomics, media-spin, texting, tweeting, & economic disparity, perhaps people want to tap into something meaningful that expresses our humanity, stimulates our imagination, inspires us, and makes us FEEL!
Or, maybe more people just want an escape from reality…
Whatever the reason, Live Art Dance’s audience has been growing steadily since our Silver anniversary and, at the same time, (is there any correlation?!?) dance is increasingly being used to communicate complex ideas from the worlds of science, business, and art. Is dance the new truth? Should we forget about language and just go for the guts? What would a tweet look like as a dance? How about a scientific theory? John Bohannon offers an example in his Ted Talk:
John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal
And, how about the 2011 winner from the Dance your Phd contest:
Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story
If you want to learn more about dance, and how dance can help you communicate with the world around you, I have one Pearl of Wisdom to share: check out Live Art Dance Productions’ 30th season. We’re sure to grow on you!