Moving Reflections

Inside “One World” : Your Thoughts, Your Words…

To further stimulate the ongoing “conversation” from Moving Dialogs’ One World event, we invite you to share your thoughts, your words…

Dr. C. S’thembile West offers:

For those who witnessed the “One World: Moving Dialogs” event, what are your responses, thoughts and/or feelings?  What did you learn?  Will it impact future behaviors and responses to movement art?

Your reactions and experiences are important as we continue to explore ways to understand each other across cultural, educational, ethnic, interdisciplinary and social boundaries: “One World” – one family.  We look forward to hearing from you.

C. S’thembile West


[photo of One World with curator Baraka de Soleil by dj Sadie Woods]


5 thoughts on “Inside “One World” : Your Thoughts, Your Words…

  1. Diversity in dance within the city of Chicago. Let us not forget that’s what brought us all to the Chicago Cultural Center on April 8. The event had New York City company Urban Bush Women present to speak and witness the evenings dances, singing, solo, group work, discussions, and audience invited dance party. The evenings performances beautifully illustrated diversity in terms of race, sex, style, music selection, age, company size, movement versus stillness, and use of space. Great evidence of what Chicago has to offer in dance as a piece even had drummers while dancing on stage. Following certain pieces throughout the night was a through proving Q & A session. These questions was meant to dig deep into what was seen and question why one gave the answer they gave. Understandably, levels of comfort was tested although it was necessary to get to the root of people’s pre conceived notions. Baraka allowed for a portion of the night to be dedicated to being broken into four groups and have (with a moderator from his personal co hoard per group) to discuss the relationship of two pieces that evening. Though not too long, audience members flirted with the idea of what they witnessed. This provided the experience of going to see and support dance in the non traditional theater sense. Baraka transformed the space, making it impossible to be strictly an observer. Multiple roles was taken by everyone, and roles were shared. Moving Dialogs “One World” had everyone in that space an active member of the dance community, even if just for an evening.
    Gery Moore

  2. How might we be incorporated without losing our heritage, our legacy?
    How might we make a space that brings together a myriad of voices without losing the unique tone of each?

    One World proposes a democratized space in which all are equal, a space that acknowledges each part of a single whole. We experienced that at the Cultural Center as we watched a diverse array of dancers and choreographers move and express their own perspective. Bodies and styles met traditions and histories as we congregated, as our hosts suggested, wide-eyed with our judgements suspended and our values intact. As we broke into small groups we spent time digging deeper, spreading ourselves across the deeply nuanced contours of the dance landscape. The group I took part in discussed each other’s experience with dance, where we dance, how we dance, whether on the stage or in the privacy of our homes. It seemed important and pertinent to the evening to peel back the layers of privilege that surround dance and to acknowledge that no one person is more capable or better at moving. While I know this to be true, I also want to acknowledge that our cultural traditions are ours to cherish. The legacy of our movements, the ones we learned from our ancestors, our parents, neighbors, friends, and others, those are ours to keep as we like, and as we work to make room for each other by no means should that mean that we ignore or lose the names of our steps. We simply need a larger stage.

    • November 1, 2012Preston, no need to apologize for the delay. This was worth the time lapse .;-)I have four pudcrotions in the oven and this tutorial really got me thinking about my stories. I truly enjoyed watching and listening to you on this one. I felt privileged to have such a high quality, detail conscious teacher like you providing advice, and for FREE wow. Thanks so much and thanks to your sponsors too for entrusting you and facilitating delivery of such high quality content.Looking forward to part III.

  3. As a person who generally has more words to type than the time to type them, I’ll say this: The event was inspiring, moving, educational, and simply awesome! It’s multidimensional, intergenerational, intercultural, creative and collaborative experiences such as these that simply make spaces and cities like Chicago so beautiful and a great place to live.

  4. It was a great experience to see dance companies representing multiple communities of Chicago in one space, in a sense, practicing diversity in real time while discussing styles and techniques while integrating music reflective of each featured style. Look forward to seeing future programs like this, ones that celebrate cultural identity and integration of multidisciplines.

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