The Urgent Artist, also known as my new favorite blog, has a very interesting post (written by Sarah Rosner, who sent in the Tenth Submission) on the concept of cliché in dance and mentions this project in the process. She quotes the NYT’s review of Australia, which includes this brilliant line:
The usual line about kitsch is that it’s an affront, a cheapening of the culture, a danger. “Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession,” Milan Kundera wrote. “The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass! It is the second tear that makes kitsch kitsch.”
True, but it doesn’t make the second tear any less wet.
Read the entire entry, though. It’s full of profound thoughts about why we continue the same patterns and if that’s really such a bad thing in the end. Thoughts? Should we always attempt to break our patterns and find that uncomfortable place? Does repeating an idea or concept you are all-too-familiar with completely inhibit you from beinq original and unique? How far can we break from “the comfortable” (for fear of being too cliché) before our work is completely inaccessible?