Tessa and Scott (Free Dance at Grand Prix 2017)

I cannot begin to explain my love for this performance. But I will…

First of all, the use of Moulin Rouge’s daring and seductive score inhabits so much of their journey together. The raw energy of their hard work and passion oozes out of the music and gathers everything so perfectly. They blast out of the gate with “Roxanne” to introduce themselves as fierce competitors, showing not only their ballroom background, but the control in their timing. Then they switch so effortlessly into one of my favourite pieces of art, the song “Come What May” and remind us that their chemistry is unique. No one can do it like them. No one has the partnership that they grew, and no one will compare. I am so unbelievably impressed by the connection and respect that they have for each other. I hope to one day exhibit that much trust on a stage.

Continuing on, since I don’t know much about the technical side of skating, I look to the ballet aspect that is displayed in their lines and extensions. Not only is the shape and structure in tune with the speed of their bodies, but they do it as a duet!! I have trouble just focusing on my own position; imagine adding the factor of a whole other person!!!! The way they come in and out of gorgeous positions has the quality that I only DREAM to portray. And of course, they have so much texture to the plié and extension that I, as an audience member, feel comfortable watching them defy gravity. It is so magical and visually pleasing.

Last point (except not really). We all see the focus they have. RIGHT FROM THE START. Tessa knows that she can be there present if she settles herself into her beginning pose in a calm way. Scott handles his masculinity and strength by being so peaceful and serene. (and can we just take a parentheses break to talk about his turnout… i’m sorry but how does THAT happen?) As individual athletes, their attention to “the zone” has me so amazed. Nothing could sway them. And no one wants to because when two people care so much about their art and the way they present it, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU SCREW WITH THAT? They know that the only way to be successful in an artistic industry is to focus on the now. What is going on now. Where they are, what they can do with their mind, and how it will affect the audience.

I continually find myself crying after their programs, even during ones that are joyous. This comes from my excitement of being able to watch such a creative duo. It is truly one of a kind and deserves all the recognition in the world. Tessa, Scott, bravo on so many levels. I support all that you do. Please don’t go away. EVER.

Current Sexual Harassment “Trend”

I’ve been really pondering the sexual harassment “trend”¹ that we have been hearing about. Instead of being mad at the accused persons, I want to acknowledge the intense psychological impacts that are brought onto the victims and all victims of assault. Here’s goes:
Artists are the best kinds of people. Sorry, but it’s true.
1) If you ask an artist what their favourite song is, usually they will answer with, “I like all music.”
2) If you ask an artist to create something, it will never be produced half-heartedly.
3) If you tell an artist that they are not good enough to be an artist, they will most likely agree with you and will refrain from bragging about their accomplishments because have no brain capacity to do so.
4) If you were to walk up to an artist on the street, you will find that your first impression of them is that they are not a copy of someone else.
5) If you question an artist on their beliefs or values, they won’t question yours in return. 6) If you admire an artist, in all honesty, they probably admire you as well.
Thus, with all these statements I have made, the proof lies in my own relationships with other artists. A very impressive mentor of mine is Linda Garneau, and she clarifies the first and second statement with ease. The next statement, having to do with selflessness, reminds me of two people: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Julie Andrews. Further down, my good friend Kaelin Isserlin is a perfect example of someone who dresses and acts like a unique version of a human.² Statement #5 is close to my heart because when I work with certain dancers as a choreographer, I feel comfortable to create and analyze movements in a safe space. I hope that they feel the same when working with me.
The last statement has been on my mind recently, as we hear from famous actors, producer, directors, writers, dancers, singers, performers, etc (!!) about their experiences of sexual assault. If you are a true artist in you blood and soul, you would NEVER take advantage of other artists’ feelings or body. As a community, our goal as artists has been to nurture the sadness and doubt that comes with this form of expression and to push all that pain aside to grab at the hearts (and p*ssies) of other humans is just NOT fair. It brings out the dark side of Hollywood, and shows the faithful audience that making art isn’t safe anymore.
It makes me not want to be an artist. I don’t want to pursue a risky career such as Entertainment/Performance if I am destined to be treated in a indecent way. Get those circumstances out of sight from young artists.
The lesson we can gain… Teach your children, nieces/nephews or students that treating others like objects to utilize for fun is never acceptable in society. We have a vital job as a generation to put this behaviour to extinction. Now is the time.
¹I use the word trend so very carefully because it is not to say that sexual harassments are trendy in a popular kind of way. I use it to explain the frequency of sexual harassment cases popping up recently in our daily news.
²More posts about these fascinating influences in my life will come. Stay tuned.