"The Dancing Place," a film

The Dancing Place is a short art film made using the Tamalpa Life/Art process.  Filmed at the rustic northern Greenville County, SC dance hall, River Falls Lodge, this non-narrative film is made from one day of filming the environmental experiences of six performers who range in age from mid-30s to mid-70s.  The performers bring their own lives into the plans of action set up for their exploration.  The film distills a thread of continuity from the day's experiences.  Its process informs its intention to expand the box we place dance in.  

The Dancing Place: Stories About Embodying Life, a book

The dance of life.  The dance of opposites.  Dance is a symbol for the flow of energy, the tension of opposites, or graceful blending.  Yet in practice when the word is mentioned, many people run for cover.  In our world, dance is often the province of highly trained specialists, the young and sleek bodied.  For the rest, dancing may be a ticket to embarrassment.  The Dancing Place: Stories About Embodying Life expands the box we place dance in, exploring the value of embodied aesthetic experience in knowing ourselves individually and collectively.  

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The film and book projects were funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.  

Click here to read my recent essay in the journal Interdisciplinary Humanities, "Redeeming the Body:  Dissolving Oppositions Between Life and Art".

Click here to see my writing on the old dance hall in Marietta, SC, River Falls Lodge, titled "A Dancer's History of River Falls Lodge".

Click here to read an op-ed by me published in The Greenville News.