More improvisational art from Foster Dance Studios' Together Unique annual winter show- Five Easy Pieces

Revised on Saturday at 8:50 am

With no back and forth, there is no love.

With no love, there is no meaning.

With no meaning, there can be no art.

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Some artists and others operating in the world of dance may not realize the full power of improvisational dance.

They should know that not only are dancers and choreographers interacting, interpreting and thinking as they create improvisational dance, but so are the photographers, videographers, critics and general audience.

Indeed, their art may morph into new forms, products or even genres, created by an art or dance critic.

You might even ask once that morphing occurs- who owns the new form of the art.

That puts us at the intersection of law, art and business, as we get into intellectual property rights.

The late Adam Smith (the father of modern economics with his seminal work on the free market in 1776, "The Wealth of Nations") -- meet the late Andy Warhol (Campbell's soup can pop art), the late Paul Klee (Less is more), Together Unique, Kathryn Jones Ebert, Jana Schneider, the late Ronn Stewart (Do it with love) and the late Ronald Coase (Nobel prize winning economist from UChicago, spry and productive at 100, who asked economists (in 1960)  to suspend judgment on property rights until they understood better the problems and solutions to a "divergence between social and private cost")

Can the Foster Dance Studios control what they don't create?

Do artists rely on property rights or does art transcend property rights?

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, take a look at this happy scene (The first easy piece).

Have you ever seen such ecstatic students as they surround FDS Executive Director Kathryn Ebert (center) and Artistic Director Schneider (stage left) who both unexpectedly joined the kids as dancers on the stage after the January 13, 2018 Grand Finale of Together Unique. How is that for Improv dance? But, perhaps lost forever as art, if someone had not posted this still photo. Get it?

Have you ever seen such ecstatic students as they surround FDS Executive Director Kathryn Jones Ebert (center) while being guided by Artistic Director Jana Schneider (stage left) who both improvisationally and providentially joined the kids as dancers on the stage after the January 13, 2018 Grand Finale of Together Unique.

How is that for the late Ronn Stewart's signature Improv dance? But, perhaps that part of the dance would have been lost forever as art, if someone had not posted the above still photo.

But who that someone could be I just don't know- as sung by Donnie Osmond and hundred of music students in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat a few years back at the Chicago Theater

FDCo students at the Together Unique performance exhibiting the Foster penchant for dancers who will both hug the ground and reach for the stars, creating a unique improv contrast of mood and movement, all done with love.

FDCo students at the Together Unique performance exhibiting the Foster penchant for dancers who will both hug the ground and reach for the stars, creating a unique improv contrast of mood and movement, all done with love (The second easy piece).

Some FDCo students who remember why they are there, collectively creatiing another moment of improv dance. Did they all suspend judgment until they understood? Did FDS? Did you?

Some FDCo students who remember why they are there, collectively creating another moment of improv dance at the Together Unique annual winter show. Look at their facial expressions. Who choreographed that? Did they all suspend judgment until they understood? Did FDS? Did you?

How many works of art are embodied in the above picture? Who owns them? When were they created?  (Third easy piece, above).

 

From FDCo Together United performance. Is this a "Break out," moment for the performance? Did the dancer decide when to break out? How to break out? Or, was it the interaction of the choreographer, teacher and group of students? How did they communicate on the stage? When did this improv dance art come into being? On January 13? Or on January 26? Does anybody really know what time it is?

From FDCo Together Unique performance. Is this a "Break out," moment for the performance? Did the dancers decide when to break out? How to break out? Or, was it decided by the interaction of the choreographer, teacher and group of students?

When did this improv dance art come into being (Fourth easy piece)? On January 13? Or on January 26?

 

Is this art about the difference in mood between those in the foreground and background. Is that a metaphor for life. Are some of us destined to be up front. Remember what brought you here: Chicks up front? Who is running the show of life? Is it now an all woman production? Or, just four strong dominant women who happen to be control, for the moment, at Foster? Is art imitating life? Or, vice-versa? Does anybody really know what time it is?

From FDCo's Together Unique performance. Is this art about the nuanced difference in mood between those in the foreground and background.  Look closely at a blow-up of the pic (Fifth easy piece). Aren't the background kids' facial expressions fantastic? Choreographed? Or, more likely a product of the choreographer's and performer's artistic interpretations, improv and interactions?

Would you have noticed all of this art if you didn't have the opportunity to study the still photo, above?

Who made this fifth piece of art? Who owns it?

Is dance a series of sketches, come alive ?

When is art sketchy?

The five easy pieces, above, embody improv dance and art. They have engaged the students, who in turn  have engaged their choreographers and the audience. Further, these pieces will continue to interact with the students, as they grow and mature.

To compare the above to a very different, but relevant, Five Easy Pieces, in which the lead actor did it with love, watch that famous clip, here

In an earlier part of that movie, Jack Nicholson's character, as an adult, reflects on how he had mastered five easy piano pieces as a kid.  But, he got that wrong.

We don't master works of arts. They master and teach us.

We become involved in their creation and interpretation, and the artistic works inspire us to integrate them into our lives.

We improvise and engage the works of art. They engage us back.

Back and forth. We interpret, improvise and engage. We "Do it with love," to them. They do it to us.

Back and forth.

With no back and forth, there is no love.

With no love, there is no meaning.

With no meaning, there can be no art.

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