March 2- 8, 2006
Ah, the wonders of the creative mind. What with the muse and eureka moment, it sounds so mysterious. Not to mention like a bunch of bull, which it is, sort of. Sure, inspiration strikes; still, most creative projects result from a testing of sundry ideas where certain concepts work while others are tossed out.
Although perhaps not as romantic as a visit from the muse, the truth is interesting, and for a real-life demonstration of how it plays out, head to Inside Dance. Sponsored by Group Motion Dance Company, the program provides a behind-the-scenes look at the ensemble's creative process.
"Our intent is to bring the work of the company a little bit closer to the audience than just putting the finished product in front of people," says artistic director Manfred Fischbeck. "We give them the opportunity to take a look at how we created the work and why."
The sneak peek features company members performing segments of its newly crafted The Magic FluteAn Unveiling. "Then we deconstruct it," says Fischbeck. "We talk about what was the process of making it, what were the ideas that we were following and what were the particular structures that went into making the dance."
Later on comes the fun part: Anyone who's game can join the company in re-enacting the same movement experiments as were used to create the actual piece, making it akin to a hands-on creative clinic. Fischbeck believes this exercise, as well as other elements of Inside Dance, "gives the audience the benefit of understanding how the dancers and the choreographer work together."
Inside Dance, Group Motion Dance Company, Sun., March 5, 3 p.m., $20, Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 215-387-9895