We interviewed Serge Bennathan, a Vancouver-based choreographer who founded dance companies in both Toronto and Vancouver. He has created nearly two dozen works for these companies, and has been a guest choreographer for SFU, LADMMI in Montreal, Ballet BC, DanseEncorps, Sara Roche and Lise McMillan, The School of Contemporary Dance, and Mocean Dance. He has … Continue reading Dance & Authenticity: Serge Bennathan
I never wanted to be a dancer. I never had dreams of being in the spotlight, to be idolized, to be watched. However, I enjoyed dancing. I enjoyed moving. I even enjoyed getting better at dance, to have a world of bodily expression opened to me. But I never thought of dancing as a fulfilling … Continue reading Dance & philosophy: Reflections.
I feel that the relationship between these two worlds of dance and psychology is not a straightforward one. I had spent a decade focusing on one field (dance), and then an additional decade focusing on the other (psychology), and only in the recent years I have started to draw links between the two. Over the … Continue reading On the relationship between psychology and dance.
Why does the Gothic genre continue to attract and fascinate us? Why do the worlds of the uncanny, the monstrous, the grotesque continue to draw people in – in film, literature, dance, and music? The Gothic genre has grown and expanded over the last century and a half and what are left with now is … Continue reading The Gothic: Evoking the uncanny and the forbidden.
Machinenoisy Dance Society’s new work, “Fragile Forms,” co-presented with the Push Festival is a unique and compelling work, inviting the participant to reflect on dance, bodies, architecture, purposes of shared space, and use of public spaces. I would like to share some reflections on this work with you. Fragile Forms unfolds in different locations in … Continue reading Fragile Forms: Reflections on Dance & Architecture
If you are a little bit confused after reading the two previous articles on Understanding Anxiety, you are in the right frame of mind. If you are “a lot confused” after reading the last two articles, that is also quite a typical reaction. Anxiety is not simple because human minds are not simple. Psychotherapy and … Continue reading Understanding anxiety. Part III: The role of psychotherapy, art, and dance.
What do contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings have in common? They are all vehicles for public displays of emotion. But have you noticed that the range for the emotions people express with this type of media tends to be somewhat stereotyped? Here we have the case of portraying either the emotional turmoil of … Continue reading A metaphysics of contemporary dance, status updates, and mood rings.
What does Dali’s confusing, compelling, at times mystical, at times disturbing imagery mean? According to Dali’s flippant answer to the question regarding the meaning of Persistence of Memory, it merely represents melting camembert cheese. Yet, at the time of the painting, in the early 1930s, Dali was fascinated with Freudian psychoanalysis. Of course, in psychoanalysis, … Continue reading Persistence of Identity: There are no accidents in meaning.