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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Sheer Electrifying Magic of Contemporary Dance

As a member of the APA Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, I am always on the hunt for a work of art that moves me so powerfully, it gives me the chills.  This phenomenon really fascinates me!

Recently I went to see The Adjustment Bureau featuring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.  Emily's character is a professional dancer with the contemporary dance company Cedar Lake (which really exists; they're based out of New York City).  From the first moment we catch a glimpse of Emily Blunt rehearshing through a cracked door at the rehearsal studio from Matt Damon's character's perspective, Emily's graceful and edgy movements simply mezmerize.  By the way, Emily did her own dancing, which makes me love her as an actress even more.  But I digress.

So, this movie's showcase of contemporary dance led me to seek out other beautiful contemporary dance clips and I found one featured on the "So You Think You Can Dance" TV show that, as the host says, "Makes time stand still."  This clip includes the choreographer's background story of the dance which makes it even that more meaningful.  This is art at its finest.  And the fact that it's set to my favorite Coldplay song of all time definitely adds ;)  Without further ado...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnguqsMQmg4

1 comment:

  1. There is nothing like live performances to bring us to life ourselves; esp. dance! When Ray & I were first dating we joined The PennWood Players as actors ourselves-just taking over their Christmas Play. Then, we became members of The Floating Theatre of Pittsburgh...as observers only; a great experience where various plays, dance ensembles were given in various theatres and venues around the Pittsburgh area! Terrific!

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