Dancing With Ted

16 Oct

Blog Post #184

I love dance and I love TED talks — so when I saw these talks centering on dance in different themes, I was excited and wanted to share them with you.

In this first session, science writer, John Bohannon proposes that companies and organizations use dancers instead of PowerPoint when making presentations. In this captivating talk, he illustrates how science and art can combine to educate and inform us in ways that simple slide shows cannot. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to watch a seminar where the points were presented as a choreographed dance?

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Watch this beautiful and powerful, improvised performance by choreographer, Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows cellist, Joshua Roman and singer, Somi. This mesmerizing creative collaboration, entitled The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain, was performed at the TED conference in Vancouver in 2015.

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I’m not a huge fan of ballroom dancing — I don’t watch shows such as Dancing With the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance?, — but I have seen some stunning examples of paired dancing on stage a few times and I can appreciate the training, talent and choreography that comprises this entertaining art form. However, I haven’t thought much about the stereotypes that this type of dancing perpetuates. Until I watched this TED talk video. This presentation by Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, inventors of the Liquid Lead dance form, are breaking down gender roles and binaries by adapting traditional partner dancing.

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These compelling videos are inspiring and compelling in their beauty and their explorations of dance. They also raise the point of the importance of the arts in all it its forms to our world. What do you think? Do you believe that the arts are integral to the well-being of our society?

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