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.
Written by: Steven M. Rosen In the last few decades, modern physics has excited the attention of a great many people. I’m not just referring to people in science but to the public at large. This is reflected in the best-selling popularity of books like The Tao of Physics (Capra 1975), The Dancing Wu Li Masters … Continue reading Modern Physics: A Groundbreaking Science That Must Break Deeper Ground
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 is the thing we want most? Freedom. What is the thing we fear most? Freedom. How can those two answers be the same? If you ask an existentialist, they might say it is because freedom is part of our human condition, but freedom is not a thing you can “have,” “own,” or purchase as … Continue reading Freedom is just a click away
Have you ever been fascinated by space? All that black expanse that looks like nothingness, but is actually a vast amount of exploding supernovas, flaming stars, galaxies, and strange planets? It’s fascinating, I’ll admit. Who knows what’s out there. It could even be something. Like life. Like life that we already have a lot of … Continue reading The Europa Report: A Tale of Very Expensive Loneliness.
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 grinds your gears? Stepping on gum when you bought new shoes? Your neighbour’s taste in music at 5am? Waking up to interesting aromas wafting gently into your bedroom from your cat’s litter box, like a sweet deathly wave of chemical weaponry? Yes, those things grind my gears, too. But you know what else grinds my gears? … Continue reading The over-man, the superwomyn, and creatures beyond good and evil.
Kirk Schneider (2008), an existential psychologist, writes that people in the current Western, post-modem culture have fallen into a dangerous game of "either-or:" either they see themselves in a reductionist, mechanistic way, a cog in the interconnected global machine, or they see themselves as omnipotent heroes of the post-modern age, so special and so powerful … Continue reading Is our belief in being “special” harming our mental health?