Mode & Motion: New website coming soon…

Watch this space for the launch of Mode & Motion, the worlds first unique online resource that aims to celebrate, archive and share all dance and fashion collaborations.

Keep visiting the Facebook page until the website is launched: https://www.facebook.com/ModeandMotion

or follow on twitter for updates and recent posts: @ModeMotion

 

 

Mode & Motion: A collection of photography, articles and videos celebrating collaborations between dance and fashion.

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Launched on the 1st May 2013, Mode & Mode is a Facebook page edited by Michael Peter Johnson.

‘Mode & Motion: A collection of photography, articles and videos celebrating collaborations between dance and fashion.’

Its aim is to become a comprehensive archive and unique resource of dance and fashion collaborations.

As a contemporary dancer and voracious consumer of fashion imagery, freelance dance artist Michael Peter Johnson shares his keen interest and passion for dance and fashion collaborations.

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There are daily small deaths.

Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths. Then I need all the comfort that practice has stored in my memory, a tenacity of faith.

From Martha Graham Blood Memory

It’s the beat generation.

.and everything is going to the beat – It’s the beat generation, it be-at, it’s the beat to keep, it’s the beat of the heart, it’s being beat and down in the world and like oldtime lowdown and like in ancient civilizations the slave boatmen rowing galleys to a beat and servants spinning pottery to a beat…- Jack Kerouac

ANY ATTEMPT TO LABEL AN ENTIRE GENERATION IS UNREWARDING, AND YET THE GENERATION WHICH WENT THROUGH THE LAST WAR, OR AT LEAST COULD GET A DRINK EASILY ONCE IT WAS OVER, SEEMS TO POSSESS A UNIFORM, GENERAL QUALITY WHICH DEMANDS AN ADJECTIVE … THE ORIGINS OF THE WORD ‘BEAT’ ARE OBSCURE, BUT THE MEANING IS ONLY TOO CLEAR TO MOST AMERICANS. MORE THAN MERE WEARINESS, IT IMPLIES THE FEELING OF HAVING BEEN USED, OF BEING RAW. IT INVOLVES A SORT OF NAKEDNESS OF MIND, AND, ULTIMATELY, OF SOUL; A FEELING OF BEING REDUCED TO THE BEDROCK OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IN SHORT, IT MEANS BEING UNDRAMATICALLY PUSHED UP AGAINST THE WALL OF ONESELF. 
ITS MEMBERS HAVE AN INSTINCTIVE INDIVIDUALITY, NEEDING NO BOHEMIANISM OR IMPOSED ECCENTRICITY TO EXPRESS IT. 
- JOHN CLELLON HOLMES

I have an affinity to belong in the Beat Generation, to be a part of that special time in American culture. The 1950s culture of New York and America inspires me endlessly. I love the poetry and the writings from the movement of the Beat Generation. Here I post quotes, images and dreams of a frustrated and aspiring time.

Howl introduction by William Carlos Williams

When he was younger, and I was younger, I used to know Allen Ginsberg, a young poet living in Paterson, New Jersey, where he, son of a well-known poet, had been born and grew up.  He was physically slight of build and mentally much disturbed by the life which he had encountered about him during those first years after the first world war as it was exhibited to him in and about New York City.  He was always on the point of “going away,” where it didn’t seem to matter; he disturbed me, I never thought he’d live to grow up and write a book of poems.  His ability to survive, travel, and go on writing astonishes me.  That he has gone on developing and perfecting his art is no less amazing to me.

Now he turns up fifteen or twenty years later with an arresting poem.  Literally he has, from all the evidence, been through hell.  On the way he met a man named Carl Solomon with whom he shared among the teeth and excrement of this life something that cannot be described but in the words he has used to describe it.  It is a howl of defeat.  Not defeat at all for he has gone through defeat as if it were an ordinary experience, a trivial experience.  Everyone in this life is defeated but a man, if he be a man, is not defeated. It is the poet, Allen Ginsberg, who has gone, in his own body, through the horrifying experiences described from life in these pages.  The wonder of the thing is not that he has survived but that he, from the very depths, has found a fellow whom he can love, a love he celebrates without looking aside in these poems.  Say what you will, he proves to us, in spite of the most debasing experiences that life can offer a man, the spirit of love survives to ennoble our lives if we have the wit and the courage and the faith–and the art! to persist.

It is the belief in the art of poetry that has gone hand in hand with this man into his Golgotha, from that charnel house, similar in every way, to that of the Jews in the past war.  But this is in our country, our own fondest purlieus.  We are blind and live our blind lives out in blindness.  Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of the angels.  This poet sees through and all around the horrors he partakes of in the very intimate details of his poem.  He avoids nothing but experiences it to the hilt.  He contains it.  Claims it as his own–and, we believe, laughs at it and has the time and effrontery to love a fellow of his choice and record that love in a well-made poem.

Hold back the edges of your gowns, Ladies, we are going through hell.

Williams, William Carlos.  “Introduction.”  Howl and Other Poems.  By Allen Ginsberg.  San Francisco: City Lights, 1956.

Dance, Dance or we are lo…

Dance, Dance or we are lost. Pina Bausch.

Various images, sources, articles and reviews of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s epic world cities tour as part of the London Festival 2012.

I watched the city of L.A explored in Nur Du, (Only You) at the Barbican, London. Sun 10th June 2012 It was an unforgettable performance, 180 minutes of pure theatrical bliss.

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The concept of the journey…

The concept of the journey, both external and internal, is the heart of all my work: artist, educator and researcher. Openness, flexibility, curiosity and the idea that for every choice or decision made, an equally interesting, difficult or adventurous option could have been taken motivates me. There are myriad ways to reach your destination, whatever you are trying to achieve. This flexibility helps me to test constantly my ultimate goals: giving me the chance to respond to the multiple opportunities offered without losing sight of the end of my journey and what it should achieve.

Exploring these multiple chances are at the heart of whatever career or life you wish to create for yourself/; journeys both physical and intellectual. John Cage greatly influenced my thinking. He worked as an artist, composer, chess player, mushroom expert – whatever was relevant for that particular point in his thinking and creativity. That hunger for experimentation and knowledge is critical and pertinent to any are of the arts and education. Many of my female influences have taken similar approaches, Frieda Khalo, Julia Kristeva and Simone de Beauvoir have al pushed the boundaries of their disciplines, challenging existing knowledge and conventions.

Education should give the students the opportunity to test, experiment, investigate and build a set of experiences to transform their thinking, like some form of alchemy about their world… thus equipping them with the confidence and abilities to move through their lives, planning and responding in ways in which were previously inconceivable. I believe everybody is entitled to this personal journey and transformation.

Professor Frances Corner

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