I received an e-mail from Daniel Burkholder some time ago with an announcement regarding Feldenkrais classes that he teaches. In the e-mail he included a quote from Moshe that states “(Feldenkrais) makes the impossible possible, the difficult easy, and the easy effortless.” I instantly knew that the same was true of my field: ballet. Ballet makes the impossible possible, the difficult easy, and the easy effortless. On reflection I have come to believe that every type of dance makes the impossible possible, the difficult easy, and the easy effortless.
In this newsletter there are words from post-modern, modern, and classical practitioners. Each writer addresses some facet of what dance offers, and though one might be more drawn to one approach – one tends to be drawn more to one approach – it is difficult for me not to feel the similarities.
I regret that there are so few voices represented. I look forward to the opportunity for this particular forum to broaden and allow discourse which is more inclusive. It is terribly difficult to pin down what passes for dance these days; in this city alone there are people creating work in African, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Indian and Improvisational dance that simply cannot be adequately contained by those titles. Whatever you call your favorite particular form, whatever the nom de guerre of the work you love and/or make, I am certain of one thing. That work – if it is dance – is healing. And with practice, it makes the impossible possible, and the easy effortless.
R. Bettmann, Artistic Director
P.S. The contributors and I would like to thank all with whom we dance, and who make our dancing possible.