I have been thinking the last couple of weeks, as things don’t seem to be heading back to normal, what is the place of Art in this online world.
We can’t go out to dance, we can’t go to museum, theatres, concerts… we are social animals but we are not allowed to share anything anymore. So why keep practicing our hobbies, or pick up new ones?
If we can’t go out have a drink, relax with friends, dance, listen to music, then what is the point of doing dance classes, or taking music lessons? As friend told me over the weekend, isn’t it boring taking Tango lessons without a partner?
Isn’t it boring taking Tango online classes without a partner?
Honestly… I don’t know… maybe it is or if not boring others might find depressing or miserable or pointless.
And that probably applies to any artistic endeavour, that is supposed to be shared with other people. However, I think it does have to do with the focus set by the teachers and by the students. And there are many aspects here I would, probably as many as the teachers and the students… haha
Lets see a few of the pros of online classes:
- It is a form of activity, and it is good to keep active especially at times of lockdown
- Along with the above it is an activity, that allows your mind to decompress, so it helps with mental health
- You have a long lasting passion that you want to keep the fire going even if at these challenging times
- Tango and all other movement practices, in partners and/or groups rely a lot on personal progress, training and practice along partner/ group practices
- It is a different way to explore your hobby
- Opportunity to learn for teachers who are at the other end of the world
- Or to support the teachers you love at home
Should I keep going? All these are amazing reasons no?
However, I think there is a special place for Tango, for dance, for Art in general in this online world… That reminding us of our humanity.
Art is here to remind us, we are still human
Humans are social animals, so no matter how well you are managing the isolation, we are really meant to thrive through community.
Think of our great accomplishments, as a human kind, all appeared in societies that were blooming. Unique figures in Art, Science etc were supported and came out of strong communities. It is through our communities that we are supported to explore and express our unique strengths.
In this vast, impersonal space of the web, it is hard to find a community and not get lost. It is hard to identify and express your unique strengths when instead of a community you have an ocean of users.
And so I think this is where Tango, dance, Art comes in. Art comes in to create an actual web, an actual network with real connections. A web that can’t replace real life, but can remind us of what it is like to be human aka what it is like to build communities.
Our anatomy actually supports this
The fascinating thing in all of this is how this balance between a singular entity and a community, between the I and the WE, as well as the relationships weaved between the two are supported by our anatomy.
We identify as humans due to our anatomy, we have some common characteristics that makes us all identifiable as humans. However, from the obvious characteristics of our face to our bone shape and DNA we are all unique.
And when we say unique, we mean very different… take a look here: https://paulgrilley.com/bone-photos/
As Paul and Suzee Grilley mention in their post: “These images [included in the post linked above] show the normal variation in human bones. None of them are pathological.”
Different bones, different ranges of motions, different aesthetics, sensations, expressions, experiences.
Let’s learn THAT!
Learn how we are Unique
Learning how each of us is unique, we can be more accepting in the other person’s perspective of things. It is also possible that we are more open and understanding to someone experiencing something different.
We can be more kind and accepting with ourselves. Looking at our teachers, we can now understand that we will never look like them, nobody will!
But we can learn from them how we can be us. We can learn how to express more our unique strengths, body structure, past experience, sensations, emotions, thoughts.
We started working with this theme already last week in our Mid-Week Tango Practice:
And we will continue with this theme through our Online Workshops and Online Classes, with our goal being to allow us to be more us, despite the very challenging situations that might be pushing us to the edge
I hope that in one way or another I will have you with me in this journey so please any thoughts you would like to share send them, I would love to read them! Next stop, Mid-Week Tango Practice on Wednesday