What Is Integrity In Art?
This I Believe
I began to dance the moment my body began to move, constantly
exploring new ways to be in motion, propel myself through space, and suck my
toes. Movement is life. Movement has become a living element in my life.
I move, I make movement; I watch movement everyday whether it is formal or
informal. I am a dancer. I believe that all movement is individual. I am
a choreographer of dance and I believe that my individual way of moving must
be expressed with honesty.
I learned this lesson from a professor who watched one of my
pieces, looked at me and simply asked, “What are you trying to communicate?”
Knowing this was crucial for me. Knowing this was the only way for me to
have integrity in my choreography, he knew this and challenged me to find it
out. He left and there I was, stuck with the daunting task of understanding
myself. Knowing this would expose me to truth, I tackled the challenge.
I knew that to have my subject matter find and maintain
integrity; I had to find truth in it. The only way I could convey truth or
touch others with my choreography is if it was right with me.
To uncover this truth I believe there must be a sufficient
amount of invested exploration and analysis, digging deep enough to uncover
truth. This high quantity exploration taught me, as a choreographer all
there is to know about the subject matter, leaving no stones unturned. This
knowledge evolved into truth, which eventually developed into love; the kind
of love that all artists seek to find and gain in their work. I believe
that love serves truth, and truth is knowledge of an external ideal, which
is beyond the reach of the individual’s will. The truth that I acquired and
the love that I felt during this exploration turned me, the choreographer,
into a creator and not a re-creator.
When I present my work with honesty, I have no limits. Any
subject can be dealt with, researched, explored, exposing knowledge and
truth, turning movement into a living idea with purpose and personal
expression, touching all who watch, filling the soul with individual hope.
I believe to achieve this level of integrity in art there must
be no fear of judgment. There must be no apprehension to give credit, to
carry on and be willing to learn from possible mistakes. There cannot be
fear of digging deep; refusing to settle until there is honest movement and
an honest ending. There cannot be any dictators in creation; there must be
objects that harmonize with the intent of the movement. I believe this is
being an integral choreographer.
So as I take to the studio and begin the quest of creation, I
will ask myself, “What am I trying to communicate?” Through research,
knowledge, and a genuine love of the subject matter I will communicate that
which I know to be true. This depth of honesty will allow a tiny bit of
myself to shine through no matter the subject; nothing is too hard to tackle
when integrity is present. This I believe.
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