The people you admire the most are the people who do the impossible.
Alvin Ailey‘s dancers therefore deserve the utmost admiration for what they do with the human body. They do what dance is — the body and how it moves becomes an art form. Not once during the performance did I think “hey, that guy who just flipped probably weighs a hundred and something pounds, and that other guy lifted him, and that must have be really hard.” I was surprised to see sweat on the dancers’ faces at the curtain call, the entire dance seemed so effortless.
I usually think that I don’t understand dance, that it’s pretty but sometimes pretentious. For some reason, however, the simple skill of the dancers made me forget any preconceptions. [Read more…]