Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mary Wigman & Witch Dance

Taking my art history course has sparked an interest in learning more about a lot of different forms of artistic expression. Today I was doing a little research on the German dancer, choreographer, and instructor, Mary Wigman (1986-1973).

She was a pioneer of expressionist dance and her work was known for bringing the deepest of existential experiences to life on stage. The most popular dance that I found on YouTube was the "Witch Dance", which I thought was actually pretty fitting given that Halloween is a mere 3 days away.

I thought this dance was a little eerie, and not really something I would want to watch over and over again, yet, I found myself watching it at least 3 times. Art doesn't have to be beautiful in a "happy" or "pretty" sense to be appreciated, I think it just has to make you feel or react to serve its purpose. And for that, I would say to Mary Wigman, mission accomplished.

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