Going to see a non-dance related performance is such a simple way to find inspiration, DUH! It’s not all that of a mind-blowing idea…I just never took the time to put into words what happens to me at these events…
It doesn’t matter if it’s a Britney Spears concert or a symphony orchestra, the feeling that overwhelmingly consumes me sitting there in the audience is unlike anything I experience anywhere else; I believe this what they call ~*inspiration*~.
Without question, I always leave invigorated and inspired.
I sit there in the audience of these non-dance performances, watching these people perform their chosen art form with such passion and commitment, it makes me wish I had an outlet of my own to pour my soul into like these people have….but wait, I do…DUH!!!
Nine times out of ten, I tear up uncontrollably, and usually can’t name what’s going on as it’s happening. The kinesthetic response I experience at these events is just so…intense
This feeling of inspiration is totally different from the feeling I get when watching really wonderful dance, however. When watching incredible modern dance, (because it also happens to be my craft), I tend to experience a wide-range of emotions, usually in the following order: excitement—jealousy—inspiration—defeat—jealousy—inspi…nope, still jealous….
My brain: I want to do that!!!!
The feelings I experienced last night at Musica Nova and Ossia at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, are what I’m sure non-dancers experience when they observe a modern dance concert. I felt anxious at times, confused at times, I found humor at questionably inappropriate times, I experienced moments of surprise, and shock, and I loved every moment of the unpredictable madness.
I watched this tiny girl perform the (comparatively enormous) cello with such concentration, I found myself wondering what it would be like to commit myself to something to fully.
Again, ‘light bulb city’ went off in my brain.DUH.
If I’ve completely lost you, I apologize—go see a non-dance performance, and then we’ll talk!
It’s so easy to get lost in the grind of your every day life, that what you once loved as a hobby (dance), has now become a task-oriented job. Well, it doesn’t HAVE to be this way…that’s the good news! The bad news is, you’ve got to free an entire evening of rehearsals to get yourself out there in the real world….and PUT SOME JEANS ON, TOO!!!
Last night when I was sitting there lost in my thoughts, listening to the music of Steve Reich, my conscious said “Maybe you should start doing things that make you happy…”, right there at the moment of thinking “happy”, the drum ensemble blew up into an explosion of sound. Subtle hint, I know…so now that I’ve shared that with you…
Enjoy your tears of inspiration!