White listening to one of my favorite TED talks about creativity, I could not help but reflect on the concept of creativity and how suppressing it in our society touches many aspects of our lives including dance.
Dance as we all dancers or aspiring dancers know is a creativity outlet. A way to be less "in our heads" so to speak which is a problem the modern citizen of the developed world suffers from. Movement in general gives us the opportunity to suppress the constant tinkling which leads to constant fear and thus inaction at the end of the day.
However, as we try to categorize so many things in the world including dance, we do not allow the process of creativity to be complete. We name the dance styles some bizarre names: Modern, classical, Authentic, fusion ,... and in doing this, we encourage dancers to stay within the box, use whatever tools are "allowed" in this box and color our world with very few colors available to us.
This is to me the exact opposite of creativity. If I can only use so many moves to stay within the "style" of dance I have to definite myself with, then how is this process creative? I believe every dancer must ask this question all the time.
A fun story I heard from an educator who was criticizing the education system and how it limits kids creativity went something like this:
- Teacher: what are you drawing?
- Kid: God
- Teacher: But no one knows what God looks like?
- Kid: they will in a minute!
This goes to demonstrate the unlimited power we have in refining what the world outside of us is, what we are in this world and what we are capable of doing and how we are capable of empowering others and changing the world around us. We are born creative, humans are creative by nature. We just become less creative as society corrupts us slowly as we grow up.
Dance is just another thing we do in life that reflects this deeply!
I saw break the walls, use colors you were afraid of, heck, create colors that never existed, mix those colors and come up with a new color, express yourself in the most un-categorized way possible and if someone said "you are a bad dancer" because you can't fit in this or that category, then smile, give them the finger and continue to dance ...
Cheers to bringing back creativity to the dance world.
Hugs & Shimmies