Friday, February 5, 2010

Inspiration across disciplines

Just a quick note to remind everyone how important it is to be open to cross-disciplinary experiences in the arts. Many readers are visual artists, and often we find that we mainly feed off others doing the same thing: we attend art openings of --yes-- visual art.

So, if you have the opportunity this weekend, attend an exhibit, concert, reading, or performance a little outside your usual sphere. It will inspire you in unexpected ways.

One performance to catch is the Ronald K. Brown / Evidence dance troupe, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts tonight and Saturday. We attended last night's performance, and it was eye-opening for its dynamic use of color, composition, and space. The integrated but non-matching choreography, as well as the diversity of the dancers' bodies, was captivating and fresh. Sitting there, flashes of ideas for new work kept popping up. So be prepared to capture those inspirations by sketching/writing them down on a moleskine in the dark!

--Ramona Soto (bluemonk)

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