Friday, March 26, 2010
As I sat in the cool dark of a performing arts center last weekend, watching 2 of 8 flow through her steps, I watched the piece as a whole.
But when we got in the car to drive back to the hotel, 2 of 8 began to unpack her performance, piece by piece.
Step by step.
She delighted at the successful completion of a difficult combination half-way through the number. She replayed the steps she wanted to be stronger.
It's all those pieces that make up her piece.
And those pieces are important.
But I thought on how different my perspective is in watching her. I'm seeing a total presentation, enjoying the sequence and stream of fluid movement.
And she's trying to perfect each piece...of the piece.
But it's the piece as a whole that's the thing.
It's the overall presentation, the whole that becomes the observed dance.