Tag Archive | dance

chanting light

pile of bodies s

sweet blue music s

I found this painting when I was looking through a portfolio.  It’s from a few years ago, fairly recent.  I think the source of the image was a dance review in the newspaper.  This is what the magnetic oracle had to say about it.

For the Elusive Trope’s Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge.

Try it and see what it has to say to you…

It’s Leap Day!

never be ordinary s

Time to dance!

Matcha-cha, haiku by Kerfe Roig (MY SWEET WORD Series)

Silver Birch Press


by Kerfe Roig

sweet sugar. mix
one at a time. Combine un
til cool completely.

Collage illustration by Kerfe Roig.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My daughter loves to bake, and I altered her altered recipe for green tea cupcakes from allrecipes.com with a haiku and a joyful dance.

Roig_self portrait

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig writes poems for art and makes art for poems. Sometimes the recipe includes both. You can follow her process at  methodtwomadness.wordpress.com, the blog she has with her friend Nina.

Self-portrait drawing by Kerfe Roig. 

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Ekphrastic Tuesday – I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can – Schapiro

For our spring collaboration, Marcy Erb and I did our collage and poetry commentaries on the paintings we chose independently, and I was looking forward to seeing how they played off each other. This is perfect! Her visual angle is different from mine, and yet the same spirit links them. Thanks, Marcy!

Cinco de Mayo

cinco de mayo top s

…another good reason to wear bright colors and dance!

cinco de mayo full s

I dance to the song that plays…


i dance to the song s

My newest dance collage was inspired by “Poem 4 (Day Ninety-Three)” from the series “10 Poems in 20 Minutes” by Some Bad Plankton (http://somebadplankton.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/10-poems-in-20-minutes-day-ninety-three/):

I dance to the song that plays
And sing along
As loud as I can
Because I know all the words
And the beats.
I get to dance without pressure
Because I can’t hear anything
But the song in my ears
Dancing all along.

center dancer s

The poet takes us through an intense emotional journey in this series, and while reading them I often found myself saying “I’ve felt that way too.”  So it was with her dance poem.

left dancer s

There are 100 days of “10 Poems in 20 Minutes”.  Try it once, and you’ll see what an amazing accomplishment it is.

right dancer s

And check out the art:  also great.

You can see my other dance posts here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/dance/

Inspiration Nick Cave: Transformation and Disguise


dancer transformed

“I hope we will dream together.”

pink soundsuit s

Nick Cave’s soundsuits are bombardments of recycled texture, color, pattern, and form. They are both sculpture and costume for choreographed movement. Covering the entire body, they disguise, protect, transform. They ask “Who am I?’ and also “Who can I be?” They challenge the way we look at each other and the world.

sweater soundsuit s

My swatch dolls (https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/knitted-dolls/)  and embroidered dolls (https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/spirit-dolls/) clearly owe a debt to Nick Cave’s recycled riots of textiles, stitching, found objects, and embellishment.  A focus on dance provides a different inspiration: to search for the body underneath the soundsuit and expose it partially, transparently.  The results, as usual, give me more ideas…

bird soundsuit s

“Life brings us things.”

Quotes from Nick Cave in “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth”.

Explore more:  http://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/
or just Google “Nick Cave soundsuits”

(Note: This is NOT the equally wonderful Nick Cave who writes and makes music)

“Dancing is the Poetry of the Foot”

holder dance s

speaking large gestures:
to tell, to move.  to answer
with liquid magic.

I was going to post about the Matisse cut-outs and dance, but I couldn’t talk about dance without acknowledging the death of Geoffrey Holder last week:  dancer, choreographer, actor, painter, and all around extra large liver of life.

two dancers matisse s

Matisse returned to the theme of dance again and again, and many of his collages reflect this.  The above, “Two Dancers”, is a design for a ballet stage curtain.  As I’ve said before , Matisse was the original inspiration for me to attempt collage, and I found an old one done in 1982 that really shows his influence.  It was in a sketchbook with collage-illustrated poems–the poetry is long and tedious and so cryptic that even I, the writer, have no idea what it’s saying (there’s a reason I stick to haiku these days)–but the collages are interesting.

geometric dancer 1982 s

A few of the poetic phrases do seem appropriate:

tuning my fingers
playing my arms
humming my
mind through distances

(OK, I must have been listening to Roberta Flack…)

300px-La_danse_(I)_by_Matisse s

Matisse also, famously, painted dancers.  I have an easier time doing collage inspired by a painting than by another collage, but I do want to explore Matisse and collage and dance.  I’ve been cutting out photos of dancers from the newspaper for awhile, although without any real idea where I would go with them.  The juxtaposition of the bodies appeals to me, in both the photos and Matisse.

dancin s

I did do this small collage I call “Dancin” which is one idea.  I also like the quick motion sketches Geoffrey Holder inspired.  We’ll see where it leads.

The quote in the title is from poet John Dryden.

And for a more modern but equally valid point of view:
“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” –James Brown.

Bodies in Motion

dance dance

Dance, dance, you are
water, rain, flowing into each
time and space and other

double play

Double play? No. The
bobbled ball reaches first base
behind the runner.