Imagine you land in a strange new country, or even a different planet. You don’t know the local language, the culture, or the customs of this place. How would you react? Would you attempt to communicate, and if so, how?
Most likely through movement. Your movements might tell a story, such as wrapping your arms around yourself and shivering, or moving your hand to your mouth. Your movements might be more subtle and ambiguous, reaching out a hand, touching, jumping. While your movements might be crude, you would, in a sense, be dancing.
Sarah Thompson has spent the past few months watching Utah’s Ririe-Woodbury Dance as they develop, reimagine and refine their unique repertoire. Read her article in the December 2011 edition of 15 Bytes.