Art can be defined as any form of expression that shares a message or causes the viewer or listener to feel an emotional response. It can be in a multitude of medias, as I have discovered over the years. As we have learned in class art is meant to disrupt the peace, or cause someone to consider different views that they overwise might not have thought of. To me, art is anything that tells a story to an audience or invokes a powerful reaction from them. I have been participating in creating art since I was two years old, though I did not think of it like that.
Britannica describes dance as “the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music… for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, …” (Britannica). I never thought of myself as an artistic person, though I was very passionate about singing and dancing. As I have been dancing for fifteen years, I have performed many dances that show different emotions to the audience. I believe that dance is a form of expression, and it can show a viewer what the performer is feeling. Like music, dance typically conveys certain experiences or storylines. There are many different styles that can achieve this; for example, there is a ballet called The Nutcracker that tells the story of a young girl who dreams of toys that have come to life on Christmas Eve. The show uses choreography to explain the plot and it adds to the overall mood of the production. It creates a fantastical story within the show of enchanted toys, and a magical element in every one of the dances. The dances that the different characters execute are unique to who they are meant to represent, and the music also adds to the performances.
Another type of dance that can tell a story is contemporary or modern styles. This is shown by our very own UConn Dance Company in some of their pieces. Each of their movements and steps in their dances reflect on a story and causes the audience to feel some type of emotion. Another dance group, called Circa, also created moving performances while incorporating dance and circus; they influence their viewers through the art of their movements. As said from the Circa website, “Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus – pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. It continues to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus” (Circa.org).
Art can come in many different forms, not just drawings and paintings, and it might not be widely considered art. It is up to your own interpretation, and what causes you to react or feel some sort of emotion. Art can be found anywhere, even in the places that you would least expect it to be.