November 25, 2010

Slow Dancing by David Michalek

On this Thanksgiving morning, I'd like to share with you a beautiful video. Please follow the links to learn more about this artist, David Michalek.

I spent ages 6 through 11 immersed in dance, like many little girls. I wasn't particularly good at it, but it felt magical. To me, this video is a grown-up, perfected image of that feeling and every other moment of physical strength and ability I've ever had in life... and it was so wonderful to discover it this morning.

Slow Dancing by David Michalek: Nejla Y. Yatkin from Moving Portrait on Vimeo.

"William Carlos Williams said that poets write for a single reason—to give witness to splendor. This is also why, I think, dancers dance. Susan Sontag once pointed out that “no art lends itself so aptly as dance does to metaphors borrowed from the spiritual life (grace, elevation)…” But I also believe that certain harder and rougher metaphors borrowed from the life here below (gravity, striving, failing, falling) are equally important to what dance is and whom dancers are. To paraphrase Simone Weil, grace is also the law of the descending movement—some people fall to the heights." David Michalek at "Slow Dancing" on Ancora Imparo.

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