a rationale: first post

I’ll begin this entry with a humble hello and a short explanation as to why I am starting a blog, despite the obvious – thesis writing withdrawals. I enjoy writing dance, writing art, or just writing in general, and so this will hopefully expand my experience and passion on it further. But lets cut to the chase – the means of this blog is to channel my interests and thoughts on dance, or it is more for myself to elucidate my own understanding on the choreographies I have seen by local or international artists. I’ll also pre-apologise for some of the excessive ramblings, rants and no doubt endless grammatical errors that are going to occur. I know this is a long overdue pursuit of mine and is poorly timed, as there are many inspiring dance works that I have experienced and passed, escaping my memory. However I do have particular favourites, including Alexander Ekman’s Cacti (2010), William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing Reproduced (2006) and Chunky Move’s I Like This (2008).  A common theme across those works include the clear finesse of the dancers, no matter how minimal the movement performed is, and I am thoroughly intrigued by works that have an underlying concept that stimulate, challenge or entertain our knowledge. While I am attracted to all aesthetics of dance, the contemporary genre appeals to me most. \\

My background is tedious and unexciting in comparison to those who I have studied. So feel free to stop reading here. I started dancing ballet at the age of 4 and progressively became addicted to the provocative rhythms and dynamics that music gave to movement, consequently feeding my obsession of dance. While ballet was my foundation of movement I was continually being the weirdo in the dance studio (let alone at home) and breaking out those abstract, unidentifiable moves. It’s the typical cheesy love story. While practicing dance externally in studios, I also accelerated HSC dance externally, and did my best in finding ways to keep dance in my life. After school I decided to continue studying dance at the University of New South Wales through a fantastic degree in Arts and Education, which has sadly now been discontinued. At the completion of that degree I continued studying Honours in Dance. That was where I was able to fully engulf myself in autonomous choreography and music composition as well as struggle through the necessary academic readings and thesis writing. While it had its perils, it is because of my time studying at UNSW with some incredible mentors, choreographers and students that I am here now, writing this, and so grateful to have experienced it. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to hover around dance like a heartbroken ex grasping at the strings of something that once was \\

 

 

 

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