The Village Voice: Digital Eternity
Eventually, the dancing body wears out, which may be why capturing its image, playing around with it, and simulating it so fascinates us. The Monaco Dance Forum and the aDvANCE Project, with the support of the Princess Grace Foundation, also hosted an international conference on career transition for dancers. Co-chairs Philippe Braunschweig and Harvey Lichtenstein and aDvANCE’s board coordinated presentations relating in part to its just published, rich-in-statistics research report Making Changes: Facilitating the Transition of Dancers to Post-Performance Careers, which details how dancers in 11 countries are informed about life-after-dance possibilities; how they are, or can be, helped by dance companies and government programs; and more. The findings and reports by various speakers were illuminating, and discussions—inevitably involving dancers’ mind-sets, self-image, and training, as well as the discrepancy between their contributions to society and their low economic status—were absorbing, depressing, encouraging. Mindy Levine’s masterfully succinct Beyond Performance: Building a Better Future for Dancers and the Art of Dance can be downloaded from danceusa.org, and Making Changes from tc.columbus.edu/centers/rcac. … Read more.