The back bone of humanity by Angel Jutzi

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Angel Jutzi

Founding Artistic Director, Zebra Eyes Contemporary Dance

Twitter @AngelJutzi


Balance.  As dancers we associate this word with the accuracy of our positions that allows us to achieve utter perfection in our craft.  As acutely as we have defined that word in our art it can be difficult to apply the same terminology to our everyday lives.  We are at an advantage in understanding how true balance can be achieved in our lives because we spend the majority of our time internalizing it in order to identify what balance actually means for us.


Individually, balance means something different for each of us.  In dance, body type and alignment have a great deal of bearing on how we execute different positions.  In life, a variety of factors contribute to how we perceive our needs; we uniquely form our own views of what balance means and what works for us. It can be easy to misconstrue the physicality and emotionality of how we determine balance in dance, and also in life, when the two are parallel in many ways.


As dancers, we always consider ourselves lucky to have the ability to do what we are passionate about for a living.  We have honed this passion over years of hard work, dedication and expression, thus we are quite personally attached to the emotions that we have developed. As erratic and irrational as our emotions may seem from time to time, we stand strong and confident that we are in tune to our passions and our ability to begrounded in the world around us through movement.  Because of our emotional involvement with our art we sometimes lose sight of how to bring stability into our lives.  But, is that notexactly what we are doing?


Stability and balance are two words that go hand in hand while we strive to execute the myriad of challenges, both technically and artistically, that are thrown at us.  In the studio and on stage we tackle it with a strength and confidence that can only come from years of practice, self-reflection, and self-realization.  Why is it then, that outside of a studio we struggle to utilize the skills that we have worked so hard to call our own?


Because we are involved in our art in such an up close and personal way it can be difficult to see the big picture.  And, the big picture is this.   We are unique creatures who have the ability to identify with our needs on a deep emotional level.  This is our passion.  We spend hours upon hours building technical skills in order to help us portray these emotions to the best of our abilityto the world around us creating a richer cultural understandingof who we are.  We are the backbone of humanity.


I understand the weight of this statement may seem heavy and, albeit, a bit dramatic.  The term “dancer” is a simple definition of who we are and what we do.  We are so much more than a simple term.  In order to become a true dancer, an artist, the universe requires us to delve into every inch of who we are.  Every moment of our lives is spent trying to be better, achieve more, and mean something.  This is inspiration.  And, inspiration is what this world needs.

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