Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dancing

In February I wrote about my cultural confessions. I talked about different art forms but I left dancing out on purpose. Already then I had the idea of this post.

Just this weekend I travelled to Oulu where I lived in from summer 2013 to summer 2015. My friend Mimmi had a big birthday party and the theme was dancing. We have known each other for 20 years now and all that time Mimmi has always wanted to dance. Now she works as a dancing teacher. She asked everyone to create their own dancing performance and I was really excited.

I have only danced in disco and at home and never took any dancing lessons. So I’m not a dancer myself. But I’ve always liked it and I enjoy watching professional dancers dancing.

There are so many different dancing styles and techniques. I don’t know much about them but I think the main thing is to use your body for a movement with music.
Dancing kind of gives one more dimension for music to express yourself. I think in dancing performance culture the coolest thing is always to get very visual. There has to be outfits and lights. Lots of make up and some glitter and shimmer. Sometimes these elements could boost a musical performance as well.

I prepared my own performance for Mimmi. I wanted to compose my own music too. This time the accordion was the right choice of instrument. I wanted to keep it very minimalistic and modern since you can just express the movement and improvise more.

My show was partly serious but also humorous. People took it quite well. One dancer told me that I’m one of them now. It was really cool. I told about my choice of clothing. Tight black outfit and bare feet, hair tied up high and before the show I was wearing the wool socks and a warm sweater. I told that this was my image of dancers (students) as I saw them when I was studying in Oulu.

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A photo by Heli Palomaa

I would like to do some projects with dancers. Some of the projects has been also dancers but usually musicians just play and dancers dance and the director of the project takes care of these things. It would be more interesting to create something together with a dancer.

I wish everyone to enjoy and express themselves with their body dancing!

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