Meeting People Who Just Want to Dance in Kaohsiung
It was not until we did Bolero in Kaohsiung that I realized there are actually so many people in Kaohsiung who enjoy watching contemporary dance but had just not had any opportunities to see it! I also found out that many more people than I had imagined like to dance, including freestyle dancing.
What do I mean by “freestyle”? This word actually came from an amazing experience that took place during the event. At Chi-Mei Community University in Qishan District, there is a class called “Freestyle Dance,” taught by LIU Chong-feng, who is from neighboring Meinong District and works in culture and art. For the class, her goal is to bring about perception and connection between the body and the land, encouraging students to break free from boundaries and frameworks so that they can learn to dance as freely as they please. It was only through interviews with Xiao-cui and Mei-zhu of Fengdong Culture and talking with a friend of artistic consultant LIN Jing-ru that I was able to meet LIU and find out about her freestyle dancing. Afterwards, Boléro allowed me to share this type of dance with so many people. During those two hours of the event, our innermost selves calmed down as we held hands, each of us feeling the guidance of the person in front and the connection with the person behind us. Our bodily movements were guided completely by feeling, and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire exchange.
We met through Bolero in Kaohsiung, an event that we poured our hearts and souls into, and I am going to keep up with my freestyle dancing and discovering the relationship between my body and myself along with everyone else who was there, all the while enjoying every moment of it!
Weiwuying Artist-In-Residence-CHOU Shu-yi
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