What up, party people? TDIAC submissions have reached double digits! Definitely time for celebration.
I received an email from Sarah Rosner from The A.O. Movement Collective and The Urgent Artist Blog (check it check it), who had some wise words to say about cliché in general:
Like you, i feel frustrated by cliches, and actively avoid them in my process of dance making, although i’m not as concerned about them ending up in the final product. Does that make sense? If it comes as a honest result of investigation of new and interesting questions and ideas, then, gee, maybe this practice of so many people asking different questions and getting to the same place is really what a cliche is after all – heartfelt emotion made slightly cheesy (queasy?) by it’s overuse due to commonality. But if it ends up in my work because i’m too lazy push myself to ask something that hasn’t been asked before, or see it in a way that’s new, well then shoot me in the face.
I’d rather not shoot you in the face, Sarah. I’m sure you’re pretty, and I’m not violent.
She also submitted a little cliché scenario:
Anyway, as a dancer who would be identified as modern or postmodern, here’s the one that kills me because i’ve had to watch it over and over again for the last four years. It’s a crowd favorite, and sure to make all the po-mo eyes roll:The “I’m doing ballet and or lyrical modern dance. But Wait! My alignment is opposite to what it should be! My lines are broken! I have flexed feet where they should be pointed! My ‘broken technique’ is so clever! I’ve transformed from ballet/lyrical into modern dance!” dance. That one. Please no more. We get it.
Funny how trying so hard to not be typical creates a cliché all of its own.