Friday, 31 January 2014

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening"

As part of our intermediate modern technique at Goucher we are required to fill out a sheet of personal goals and reflection. Part of this assignment is a reflection on a famous quote by Martha Graham, who, in my eyes, is the mother of American modern dance. 
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost."

Graham's idea of vitality, life and energy suggests that there is an organic uniqueness within each of us. The way this is translated is unique to every individual. It is important that we don't disallow ourselves the opportunity to express this. No one else can experience, let alone deliver this vitality the same way. Every individual, regardless of artistic or emotional expression, is different. We all have our own stories and identities that are rooted in our upbringings, our parents, our friends and our families; which can not be recreated by anyone else. Only we can be responsible for the existence of ourselves and thus only we can be responsible for the expression of this. 

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