Today I went to the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and something extraordinary happened.
Please keep in mind that I am a dance aficionado.
I went today to see a performance by Musée de la Danse called Flip Book. It is an extraordinary conceptual piece that stages all and every picture from the book Merce Cunningham 50 Years, which is a book that documents the choreographer’s live and work for five decades. The piece creates a flow with poses that reproduce what is shown in each photo in a sequence that follow each page of the book.
That, by itself, was a very promising visual experience. And then magic happened:
The choreographer of Musée de la Dance, the amazingly charming Boris Charmatz, while explaining what the piece was about, asked 10 volunteers from the audience to play with him. I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, and what he did was to teach us around 4 minutes of the piece. He took us through the pages of the book and assigned characters from the book’s photos to each of us. It didn’t matter if a picture of a woman was assigned to a man, or vise-versa. He created a sequence that kept growing, from 3 pictures, to maybe 20 or 25 in total. And then he made it a loop that repeated a few times. The dedication and excitement shown by all of us (volunteers) was so inspiring and exciting, and having a huge audience of people that went to the MOMA to enjoy one of the best collections of modern art in the world, was ridiculously satisfying. I enjoy performing so much, and this was an exceptional gift I got from the Universe. Here I am sharing a few pictures from the experience.
Below I am sharing 2 pictures of me taken at Central Park, where autumn is in its full splendor.