Friday Endorsements (The Sequel) 5.24.13
And so it continues…
As mentioned in our last post, we’ve taken the first of many potential full band excursions before our next experience together (you, the Goldsmith, we), and are quite pleased now to discuss the result. Maia over at BreakThru Radio’s BTR Live Studio facilitated as we attempted a VERY RARE thought-transference experiment. This attempt was a failure. However, you may be able to pick up some of the mind-pictures we were sending if you look deep into our eyes while maintaining a full and rhythmic breathing pattern. Good Luck:
Now that our resonators are at full capacity, let’s endorse!
The Return of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
I know I’ve endorsed in ways connected to this show before, but I just have to bring it up again: So You Think You Can Dance is by far the best reality/competition show that television has to offer. In general, I hate what “reality TV” has become (hell, what the “Entertainment Industry” as a whole IS) to the point that I’ve found myself taking a moral stance from time to time against artistic expression in any form of competitive environment. But, SYTYCD is a show that reminds me that there is a difference between strangling artistic expression by putting it in a NARCISSISTIC environment and stimulating a healthy adventurous energy with a friendly competitive environment. The former is a lot of “sound and fury signifying nothing” and the latter is a potent tool for breaking entrenched habits and discovering legitimately new territory. The differences are subtle, but are very meaningful in my opinion.
For example, in other competition shows people are eliminated and interpersonal drama is stoked to the maximum. In SYTYCD, voters throw their chips in for who they’d like to see more and judges (legit professional dancers and choreographers, usually, who offer fascinating insights on the styles being performed) can “save” dancers who possess serious potential and haven’t yet found the way to bring it across to an audience of non-dancers. There is a palpable dialogue between every major dance tradition and modern bodies/minds that evolve year after year because of this forum. In this season already, Detroit (Michigan represent!) showed the world how to “jit” and this street style both thoughtfully evokes a hundred years of Michigan dance tradition and is thorough-and-through an expression of Detroit NOW. I’m watching humans figure out how to do more and more mind-blowing things with their bodies as conduits for emotion and concept. I repeatedly cry while watching these people.
Last night, I saw a freaking four year old perform brilliant hip-hop dance in a way I am certain no other 4 year old child in history has done. He was inspired (at age THREE) by Cyrus, a dude I endorsed from last year’s show but assured the audience of hundreds that “nobody taught him his moves” because he knows how to do them naturally. I take this to be factual. This wasn’t simple imitation. It was organic expression that isn’t fully explicable with our usual way of thinking about life, heredity, memory, culture, etc. It’s like seeing these 5 year old prodigies that just “know” how to play the piano, or sing opera, or in even stranger cases know what they did during WWI during their “past life”. Perhaps biologist Rupurt Sheldrake will be proven right and we will discover through further experimentation that habits, instinct, and ritual are field phenomena that are timeless and can be “tuned into” by physical systems once they occur. Make the habit, break the habit.
I’ve said enough here, clearly, but any entertainment show that can stir participants to this many emotional states, and can generate very deep questions of self and reality is transcending both the genre and the medium. It’s also a service to the art community as a whole.
p.s. By way of an endorsement for a future experience, I want to remind everyone that tomorrow is March Against Monsanto day all over the world. New Yorkers will be gathering in Union Square at 1:00 p.m. for the March. Wearing red and making paper mache Frankenfoods is encouraged. If this topic is new to you, there will be free teach ins/discussions in Washington Square Park at 3:00 p.m. Food fascism is antithetical to life, homies!
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