It’s a curious thing having to lose yourself to find yourself. Just three minutes, the stage, a single heartbeat and a tedious melody is all it takes for one to be among all dimensions of reality at once, whilst still, to the audience being totally present.
In an interview with The Age, dancer and choreographer Shelley Lasica says, ”I ALWAYS begin making something because I am curious.” Dance, for many is used as an outlet or a form of expression. However, this curious artform allows one to discover the very depths of their consciousness as the world around the dancer fades. Lasica explores ”what dancers know when they are learning a piece’ and how this knowledge evolves throughout the course rehearsing and performing.
As a dancer, people often ask me if I get stage fright dancing in front of hundreds of strangers. What if I make a mistake? What if I have a costume malfunction? What if I fall on stage? The truth is, the nerves dissapear as soon as you feel the spotlight stream down on you. You are no longer subject to hundreds of watching eyes, but lost in a reality of your own where the simple extension of one arm reaches out further than it has ever gone.
Certain dances involve a specific intent to convey emotion such as desperation, pain, loss. As a dancer, we must willingly relive the past where we were placed under a state desperation. In the process of channelling this emotion, we uncover how we truly feel about an event in the past. It is because of the curious nature of dance that we explore our consciousness deeper to discover unearthed truths about ourselves that would otherwise go unnoticed.
When the music has sung its final tone, applause fills the room and suddenly people are within your reality. Immersed within your curiosity, the audience has felt your pain, heartache and through this you have given the audience a peek into your consciousness–something impossible to do if the dancer is also not curious in themselves. A journey of self discovery.