Dancing in the now - PhMuseum

Dancing in the now

Pippa Samaya

2016 - Ongoing

Australia; Japan

The more I observe and explore the phenomena that is dance the more I truly see and believe that what dance provides is a visual language for an internal world. The world of human emotion that cannot be seen, but always be felt.

And with in this language I have yet to find a dance form in which this is more evident than the globally practiced yet loosely defined genre of contemporary dance. These dancers spend their life in vigorous training, challenging and expanding their physical, mental and emotional limitations purely to find ways to better express and communicate the stories, messages and experiences that reflect what it is to be human. Using nothing more than their very own human body.

It never ceases to strike awe in my spirit when I watch these humans at work. Finding myself completely immersed and enraptured by these moving bodies, I feel every movement as if it were my own. With a simple flick of a hand or hip bone I can feel my heart jolt. In a graceful leap or twirl I feel it lift and sore and with just a precisely timed flexion of muscle I can feel it rise up my very throat and pour out of my eyes and down my cheeks transformed now into water. Using their body like a magic wand these dancers can trigger emotion inside you through physically becoming and embodying that emotion themselves. Creating a connection between strangers at the most personal level.

Within this contemporary form of human movement a space is created where gender roles begin to fade, all colours of skin are embraced and sexuality blends and flowers organically.

Through this primordial vessel of expression (dance) I sense my own exploration into the very essence of what it means to be a human on this planet and what is it that shapes the zillions of different world views and ways of life that exist within the giant web of energy of which we are all the made. As I move through the layers of groups and societies down to the individual, perhaps a cycle may be revealed, which connects back to the whole and exposes the interconnectivity of all life in this universe.

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