Category Listing: Thoughts

Starting Again

As performing artists, one wears many hats - those of a dancer, choreographer, production manager, designer, critic - and personally, I revel in the many aspects of the Performing Arts. This blog is a place for me to place my thoughts. Not as a scholar or a critic of the arts, but simply as a thinking artiste. I hope that this space will grow to include analyses, reviews, debates and discussions…

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On Rigidity

Classical artists often get accused of being overly rigid. I’ve faced that accusation on several occasions, most often on occasions when I’ve disliked a performance or a concept. The first time I tried to collaborate with a non-classical dancer, I felt horribly thrown. I had never improvised before. I didn’t know how to let myself go and how to make it up as I went along. I…

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The Flip Side

Many years ago, when I was even younger, even more naive than I am today, I met an elderly gentlemen through the dance industry. He seemed kind and helpful… He knew of, and idolised, my grandfather and affectionately called me his natuni (granddaughter). He was influential, well known, well read, polite and warm… it didn’t seem like I had any reason to suspect him of anything. He insisted on organising a show for me and I, a young dancer, dying to jump at any opportunity and overwhelmed by the generosity, flew to another city to be able to dance there. That was the first…

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On Ticketing and Planning Content

It is true that the 21st century has changed the way anyone really does anything. Whether you’re an engineer, a doctor, a chef, a teacher or an artist, chances are you are doing a lot of things very differently than those in your profession were doing even 30 years ago. The world is changing, and we need to change with it. As artists, the fact that we are in a much more connected world…

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