Why Does Dance Matter?
An important aspect of the mission of DancePulp is to encourage our followers to think about the importance of dance and to actively support arts advocacy. Early this year, Drew asked DancePulp followers why they think dance is necessary in the community. The question was spurred by Kathryn Bennetts’ video interview regarding her resignation announcement from The Royal Ballet Flanders.
You can view Drew’s original post about Bennetts here.
With international arts budgets being continuously cut (Netherlands Dance Theatre and Dutch National Ballet are two examples of companies hit hard by Holland’s massive arts cuts), artists are reminded of the necessity of passion to keep their work afloat. Dance depends on those who feel art is essential and who financially back arts initiatives or volunteer their time to bring projects to life. Looking deeper into the issue, we feel education, exposure, and accessibility are the key components to bringing awareness , appreciation, and support for dance. However, it is easy to forget how many individuals do care about dance and dedicate their efforts to its growth. We would not survive without their generosity. So once more, we are opening this simple question to you. We want to know why you dance, why you support dance or simply why you think art is crucial to life. Tell us your experiences of how dance has affected your community. Tell us your concerns related to arts funding. Tell us how you support the artists and companies you love the most and what you think should be done to bring appreciation to not only dance, but all art forms.
Here are some videos to get you thinking about this ongoing conversation:
Here are responses we received to our previous post:
From Anne Marie Menendez, Bloodgood:
Aside from the obvious answers of beauty, history, and escapism I’ve found that certain projects can have an even wider impact.
I had the opportunity to be a part of Ballet Austin’s “Light/the Holocaust and Humanity project” in 2005. Not only did the dancers and the entire organization dive into the project, but so did the entire community. The project was so much more than a ballet, it was a community dialogue. The ballet was simply the cathartic culmination of months of research, meetings, lectures, exhibits etc… the ballet itself is also stunning and shocking simultaneously. It illicits imagery of community, fear, isolation, persecution, degradation, dehumanization, death, survival, and hope – all while only giving a “face” to the victims and never the perpetrators. I never imagined when I took my first ballet lesson that I would have the opportunity to participate in a project like this that would so deeply affect so many people.
During the creation process Stephen Mills (our artistic director) said to something to us that became our mantra and it has always stuck with me: “Art doesn’t change the world, people do. But art can start the conversation”
Art gives us a safe space to discuss issues and subjects we might be scared as a community to explore. We can create an abstract “blameless” reality in order to have the conversations we absolutely need to have. The arts are important because art can spark the dialogue.
From Katrina Brown:
Dance is the only time in which “breaking it down” builds you up all at the same time. In dance, culture, and art, racism, sexism, ageism, and all the other negative “-isms” fall into a void…much less heard of, and absolutely not cared about. It’s necessary for personal growth for each individual, and the collective growth of humanity, and only suffers because of miscommunication and misunderstanding.
Art is the reflection of reality through the mind of an artist.
When engaging oneself with art one knows to ask the best of him/her self. Kunst is geen luxe. Het is broodnodig. (“Art is not a luxury. It is necessary!”)
From Ashley Wright:
The ability to create art is one of our most distinctive features for it separates us from all other creatures across an evolutionary gap that is unbridgeable.
We cannot wait to hear your thoughts. As further initiative for your comments, we will be doing a ticket giveaway for Lincoln Center. You will be automatically entered in the giveaway by leaving your message. Click here to learn about our Lincoln Center giveaway.