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OUR KIND OF ART

Art is the use of things or language to create objects or experiences that are beautiful but that can also transcend the physical world and connect the artist and any viewers to something greater than themselves. 

Beauty is not necessarily pretty.  We define pretty as easy to look at, experience, or hear; pleasing and attractive in a conventional way.  Beauty is not necessarily either pleasing or conventional.  It has structure, balance, harmony, richness of texture, but its elements may be so new or so striking to the viewer that they are not easily accessible.  It may be necessary for the audience to attend and to seek these qualities, though the reward for doing so may be great.

The line favored by the dancers of American Creative Dance is asymmetrical and often bent and twisting.  The stretched line, pointed toe, and floating qualities of much Western dance are not to be found in our work.  We leave that to the ballet dancers and others.  Our music is atonal and seldom has a regular beat, but rather irregular cadence and sounds that are not usually heard in most of western music. 

We are still creating a beauty that is suited to this time and place, not to the courts of Europe of the Ancien Régime.  We live in America in the Twenty-first Century and work in New York City.  We seek the beauty of such things as the movement of street athletes and that of crazy quilt, noisy modern cities.

We delight to hear our audiences relate to what we create.  They are not all well versed in contemporary art by any means, but they are our contemporaries.  They know life as we do and they relate to the beauty we create and tell us they are changed by it.  

The art of dance uses movement of the human body.  It is not gymnastics, which also uses the movement of the human body, because the intention of the persons using the movement is different.  The gymnast strives to move perfectly to the standard.  The dancer strives to move beautifully and to connect with the highest and best so that spectators may also make that connection.  

Art may also intersect at some points with entertainment, though it is different from it.  Entertainers strive to divert and amuse an audience.  Entertainment may create fantasy that does not provide much relation to authentic human experience.  It rarely challenges us to think deeply or make connections.  Art may be entertaining, but it goes beyond diverting and amusing to transforming its audiences.

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