Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
According to the article, even though there was a choreographer and a composer, the creative process of Inala was shared among musicians and dancers as a collective group. The outcome was unique and the intrinsic nature of the two artistic languages was kept. It can be sensed that the musicians of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the dancers were unexpectedly surprised by the positive result of this experience. These kind of partnerships have proved us not only to be artistically rich but also a good opportunity to maximise resources.
Opera was always considered to be the most complete art form: it had “everything”. In the beginning of the 20th Century, following the great impact of Diaghilev´s Ballet Russes , many artists embraced powerful collaborations and started to shape a different paradigm for the performing arts. Hybrid happenings were transforming the role of the artists and the concept of performance itself.
I have always been fascinated by the beginning of performance as an artistic language and long last collaborations between artists. There are numerous examples but I recall two that are rather illustrative: choreographer Merce Cunningham and John Cage and most recently Akram Khan and the acclaimed musician Nitin Sawhney.
Fortunately this trend has evolved into a practice that is common nowadays.
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian