Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered across the web: here are a few spaces that the STANCE team found intriguing this week. What do these voices spark for you? What online gems have you been finding?
Ballet to the People is run by a former research scientist and investment banker, current ballet teacher and dance blogger; who riffs on dance, theatre, and oh yes, politics, with a unique and refresing perspective. The manifesto on their site declares “No suffering for your art. No despotic teachers. No evil, manipulative stage mothers. No tutus oozing blood. No battered feet. No Coke-and-cigarettes diets. No one sitting on your shoulders to force your split. No descent into madness as you struggle to wring out one more fouetté turn. Just a safe and well-lit place to unravel the mysteries of ballet and play with the building blocks of technique.”
Norte Maar was founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich with a mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other. Norte Maar aims to be a leader in building collaborative partnerships between originating artists and other organizations thereby uniting cultural forces to foster artistic expression and raise the imaginative energy in us all. Norte Maar is all about blurring the lines that distinguish artistic practices.
Sarah Crompton wrote about the collaboration between Ahkram Kahn and Israel Galván for The Telegraph. It is an insightful essay about style, identity, the celebration of individuality through similarity, and the yielding and trust required for artistic growth. Khan says, “The beginning was a little bit difficult, because we were trying to hold on too much to what we knew and what we felt safe on. But we learnt that we had to let go, to trust and maybe we would end up somewhere we didn’t know and it might be OK. That was the challenge. But after we determined that, it was smooth sailing, a beautiful journey.”
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