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Sun, Jul. 5th, 2009 01:46 pm
The death of Pina Bausch

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 8th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Michael Jackson spoke visual Ebonics?

His dancing reflected the same fight or flight energy of the street - the conflict that people created in their own lives as a sort of doorway to a place where instead of playing into a locked down destiny, you could be free.

The culture didn't call it 'Breakin.' It was originally 'Breaking Out' - those five minutes where instead of stacking boxes and sweating you can throw down a box and some tunes and dance, or jab at your friends. Street graffitti develops from a similar vein... the desire to break out of paradigm and preconditioned, assigned lives...

There is a proportional balance between the amount of energy your livelihood tries to suppress and the amount of fight you put out there to make it work. Somehow I think having an entire island paradise to yourself takes the fight out of you. It is possible to still have talent, but comfort doesn't stoke the fire...

Now fighting the tension, the constraints of the body itself - that's dance. Just watching those videos again reminded me that some fires never go out by choice. They have to be forced to surrender...


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Jackson spoke visual Ebonics?

this is bullshit and racist to attribute this to one particular ethnic group, though (i.e. blacks can dance really good, huh?!...).


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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Jackson spoke visual Ebonics?

"He did it because he was black" and "He did it despite being black" are both "racist" statements which blur the infinitely complex relationship between situatedness and potential. There's another word for that relationship, a word Michael Jackson picked for one of his album titles: HISTORY.


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