I write a lot about free music and movies and some about plays and art exhibits, but it’s not very often I get to write about free dance performances. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to write about a free dance performance, which is incredibly sad to me.
I don’t know much (or anything at all) about dancing, but I have incredible respect for good dramatic dance. I’m not talking Dancing with the Stars crap or really weird and boring interpretive dancing that you might see at a high school talent show, what I like to see is people seriously getting their dance on in a way that blows my mind.
Tonight at 7pm at the Frist Center Company Rose is putting on a free dance performance as part of the Impressionist exhibit that just opened. The dancers are going to use some of the same motifs that many of the painters used, and are in general going to perform something inspired by Impressionism. I don’t know what to expect, so I’ll just put the official event description behind the cut. I imagine whatever happens will be fun. And hey, if you’re a college student you can check out the exhibit for just $5 after 5pm! Score!
In this performance Company Rose will explore the emergence of novelty in the face of tradition and the spirit of innovation in a world looking for systematic meaning by drawing on the art and practices of painter Claude Monet and other Impressionists. These artists, who experimented with the visual and expressive potential of repeating single motifs in an effort to mimic the way the human eye perceives temporal and atmospheric sensation, shifting light, and movement, developed techniques and terms that can be transposed to the world of dance. Come to this performance and watch how Company Rose recalls and uses some of the same motifs and tensions that were part of the Impressionist’s visual arsenal during this period in history.