Dancers

Let Me Tell You About My Father…

John Stanazzi

I invited some of the special people I know ~ from poets whose work has appeared in Combustus magazine to a dancer friend of mine who immigrated from Hungary ~ to share with us some of the wisdom they’ve received over the years from their fathers as well as what has been passed on to their own children.

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An Artist Dreamed: Interview with Ethiopian painter Yared Nigussu

I was in France at the time and I met a young guy in my French class. And he was an ex-child soldier. I saw him as always really sad. You didn’t ever see a smile on his face. We’d go for coffee or a drink, and one day I just asked him, “Hey man, why don’t you ever smile?” And he just explained to me that his childhood was stolen from him. I told him that if I was a writer I would write something, but I am a painter. So I painted his portrait.

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Creating in Community

Something happens when we get together to create. What could otherwise remain static begins to evolve organically. A co-mingling that forever alters the recipe. Chemicals react. There is a sense of something building, bubbling. The unpredictable. That which cannot entirely be controlled. Nor should it.

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BodyVox Celebrates Fifteen Years of Innovative Dance

“I think the key is to pay attention when those ideas do come. If you ignore them, they don’t come as quickly the next time. They say, ‘You’re not friendly to us.’ So then you have to spend time rebuilding the universe’s trust. With creativity, just like everything else, you have to keep working at it. There’s ability, and then there’s craft. Craft involves homework. And just doing it. And doing it. So we work a lot on our craft.”
~Jamey Hampton, dancer, choreographer, co-founder with wife Ashley Rowland of BodyVox

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