(un)usual dance documentary

This is a fascinating trailer for a documentary film titled ‘(un)usual’ about an art-educational project that took place in a primary school in Brussels.

The film is a collaboration between a philosopher, a choreographer and a filmmaker, and explores the relation between body and mind with a group of young people.

The trailer shows students discussing and demonstrating notions of movement, freedom, dance steps and attitudes to dance.

I really like the way it shows that young people can explore movement and dance in any environment – they use an ordinary classroom space and make purposeful use of desks and the spaces in between.

 

What I love about dance

I love that dance is visual and non-verbal (most of the time). I love the way bodies in space make momentary meaning, glimpses of ideas, spirit and soul, which are lost before you realise what they are. I love the transitory nature of dance, and yet the body memory that lasts forever.

I love the rhythm, sweat and humour of dance. I love pretty much any style of dance, but I want to see unique takes on style. I don’t like watching or performing repetitive movements. I am only interested in individual and creative works and that’s why I am so interested in choreography and the building blocks of creating dance.

I am passionate about dance in education. Not dance in private studios, although of course this has a place, if studio dance is taught well. But more importantly, every young person should have the opportunity to learn dance (how to dance, how to create dance and how to view and understand dance). This can only be done in schools, and for free. If all young people learnt about dance, there is more chance they would have physical confidence, cultural understanding, enhanced imagination and creativity and increased interpersonal skills. I love that dance educates the body, the mind and the spirit.