Imagine--if you will--a time when Archetypes roamed the earth. I see two parents taking their newly adopted small children to the park. The children are now playing as the adoring parents look on. In their joy, the parents begin harmonizing together a song to the children.
The children do not know that they have been adopted by Music, incarnated as a man and woman. Most Archetypes are just one person, but Music is a man and a woman. The children never have heard Music, their parents, before. They have never danced before, but upon hearing Music, they spontaneously become the incarnation of Dance. The children were not asked or instructed how to dance; they simply dance. The children dance in awe of Music as if they were compelled even against their will to move.
Soon the children learn to sing like their parents. One day they sing and clap their hands for their parents. The children's song reminds Music, the parents, that they once were children, incarnations of Dance. As the children sing, their parents, although adults, return to their childlike-form and spontaneously dance. Yet Music dances differently than the children do: They dance united in a synchronized, spontaneous embrace. The children watch in awe.
This is the circle of life. Music becomes Dance. Dance becomes Music. I was once a musician. I became a dancer, which only reminded me of my childlike state. When the music begins, it fills my body and takes over my soul to do things that I have never done before, nor what I ever have been taught to do. The circle of life is a musical dance of embrace. In a word: Tango.
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Photo Credit: Dance watches Music dance the dance of embrace.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Why forge your tango teacher's signature? Movement signatures are being scientifically measured for each person's unique "Individual Motoric Signature," as reported in The Journal of the Royal Society.* Should we copy other dancers' unique movement signatures? It seems that many try to do exactly that. Let's say that we could: What would be gained? People sometimes say, "I wish I could dance just like him." Really?