This weekend I had the opportunity to go to a dance concert at the David Falk Theater in Tampa performed by the department of Dance from the University of Tampa.
I was able to witness two performances. One was a choreography by Susannah LeMarquand and the other, the Spring Dance Concert, directed by Susan Taylor Lenon. Both performances had a substance rare to find in dance. (Taking into account that we are living in a industrilized society and we are taking arts in a superficial way in many occations.) As an audience member I am looking forward to enjoy the performance, but I also want the dancers on stage to transmit something to me. I believe that as we take the opportunity to be on a stage, we have a huge responsability and it is to put purselves vulnerable to an audience and transmit a message, story or emotion. Dance was created to communicate between people a thousand years ago, now we use it as an art or a hobby, but we must not forget that our body is our number one tool to send messages between us. So it doesn´t really matter how you move, you are allways sending a message, it can either be an intentional one or a mediocre one.
Specially on Susannah´s choreography a lot of emotions were being portraid on stage. It was an intense performance and as the choreography kept going and you as an audience member could relate to the dancers and this made the message more powerful. I felt alive and honored to be there sharing some of the emotions that the dancers were transmiting so passionately. It was work with substance and meaning.
The Spring Dance Concert was as awhole an enjoyable show. It had a little bit of everything regarding dance types, but none of the pieces were senseless or meaningless. It demonstrated an work ethic that I believe is worth imitating and admiring.
The whole point of me bringing this up is because there is a huge responsability and an honor to the action of performing on a stage. You are taking your audience on a journey and to not diminish the art it is crucial to explore your own being in order to perform. I was intrigued by the fact that this performances were adressing the point that dance is not only about the tricks and the cool movements, it is also ( if not specially) about what you are transmiting to others. Which, in my opinion, speaks deeply about the meaning of dance. We have to learn how to be human beings on stage and that is probably a much harder and deeper work than learning all the technical tricks.