Friday, June 17, 2011

Dance energy


To dance is an effusion of emotional energy, a natural release of feeling that cannot be contained. The Ballet on the other hand is a carefully planned and prescribed discipline that is mobilized as an art form to be a vehicle for an emotional drama. When I come to draw the ballet, this catalogue of movements however beautiful, limits the 'joy' of the expression. Learning 'steps' and sequences is all part of learning how to dance, or should we say learning how to be seen dancing.
Should my drawing be controlled by set methods of likeness or am I allowed to express joy. Dancing figures drawn in abandoned joy will have an energy that will not conform to the 'lines of ballet.  Are they less beautiful for that?