Friday, February 3, 2017 1:45 PM
First, there has to be a better word than "Athletic" for the moves they made in that short video. Physics in motion. Being flung from a pendulum fifteen feet in the air, and twenty feet along the ground, into the arms of folks who must absorb all that energy, and diffuse it - and still taking time "in the air" to pose/! Awesome. I mean that in the original meaning of the word "awe."
Second, as you know Tim - I was in Independent contractor (Comedy) for thirty years. As Christine so precisely put it:"
"Our health needs are to be back on stage by 8 PM, then we can talk about creating a plan." It reminded me of that Huffines talk about the differences in care paramedics and EMT's wanted to give athletes, versus the care that the Athletic Trainers wanted to give. The Paramedics wanted them off the filed whereas the Athletic Trainers and Coaches wanted the athlete back on the Field!
Christine brought that up marvelously in her talk. If you don't eat if you don't perform, you can work through a whole different level of pain. And, I believe, but cannot support, that athletes like Christine and her fellow acrobatic dancer artist friends, heal faster, because, well, they have to. Rest is probably the most difficult thing to get any athlete to do. But when your rent is due, well, you have to rest some other time!
It also showed that Art and Science, and Psychology all blend. Christine was correct, the real art comes from what you brought to the table, not how pretty the table - was, or is. Architecture is important, heck, the Gothic Cathedrals dwarfed man into insignificance, five hundred years later, curved arches gave man center stage as buildings were sculpted to make man the best measure. (Or woman- or simply, human beings). To use architecture to have form follow function in fluid dance moves...well, that is creativity in a whole host of disciplines.
By the way, the subtle change in Christine from naive technical dancer, to artist, to researcher to educator, was not lost on those of us who have had that journey. Dancer as Philosopher, Dancer as biophysicist, Dancer as Emotional Guide? Yep.
Smiles to you both, Kevin