The connection between music and dance is maybe as old as the genres themselves. People were compelled to move from the minute rhythm appeared on the scene and compelled to make music since the inception of purposeful artistic movement. Weirdly, the daily lives of Classical musicians and dancers too often rarely intersect.
As much of a quotidian rarity as this interaction may be (and I’m pretty much talking about the Classical Music world, I’m fully into Beyoncé et al.) there have been amazing collaborations between music and dance since Classical Music’s inception: Baroque dance inspired Bach, the choreography to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring incited riots, John Cage and Merce Cunningham made amazing, revolutionary art, Meredith Monk refused to identify herself as exclusively dancer or composer.
We are taking this week on Q2 to celebrate all the ways that music and dance interact: dance form as abstract inspiration, choreography as motivation, and dance as afterthought. Listening to music with a thought towards dance always makes me consider phrases, energy, and mood in a different light. I am left wondering: would all music benefit from movement?