Art and Cultural Sustainability: Initial Thoughts Part 1 by Emma Batman

For most of my adult life, I have wanted to move my work and education in a direction into which I can more effectively use my knowledge as a dance artist, to shift gears into a more humanitarian and civic minded field. Especially since last November, I have struggled with concepts of the purpose of art. What kind of change can art affect? How do we make our art matter? Or is all art inherently purposeful?

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The Choreographer's Duty by Mathew Heggem

A statement on movement creation & the responsibility of being a choreographer:

This article was intended to be a statement about my movement philosophy, so that I could help others understand how I create and what I teach through dance.  It took a turn, because I realized that a greater purpose exists for a choreographer.  I wanted to share this with you:

When I create movement, I start from a place of curiosity. I want to know what is happening now in this body and how that can be translated to the outside world. I ask myself questions about what I see in the world, how I feel about it, and how that affects my life. 

This approach, at least initially, makes my work very autobiographical.  It is an expression of a personal story, experience, or emotion that is present in the body of who I fully am at that time in space.  

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Thoughts on self... childbearing & motherhood by Mathew Heggem

The real challenge here, is that I think every new parent struggles with the life, work, parent balance. But I do believe there is something essentially different about this experience as an artist. Regardless of your craft or the level to which art and creation play a role in your life, your art and that creation/expression suddenly have to take a far lower priority, and it is easy to allow it to get so low that it drops off altogether. 

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Be Here Now: The Power of Vision Boarding & Action by Mathew Heggem

What I love about this life, though, is that I live on that edge where chaos and order meet.  This is the edge where creativity happens, innovation occurs, and beauty manifests.  This is where I thrive.  And, in a world where there is so much chaos and so much opportunity, the biggest challenge I have is staying constantly present with what I am doing - to do, as I say often,  'Be Here Now.'

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