Friday night, Elizabeth and I drove two hours to Huntsville to see a friend of ours perform her graduate thesis concert for her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. I gotta be honest- I wasn’t really looking forward to it.
Here’s what I knew going into it:
- It was a dance recital. Dance. Enough said.
- Amy, our friend/the dancer/choreographer said it was “different.”
- Her performance had to be based on a topic of her choosing. She chose to dance about breast cancer. (Huh?)
So, I was spending my Friday night driving two hours to see my wife’s best friend from high school do a weird dance inspired by breast cancer. Add to that the fact that there was a “King of Queens” marathon coming on TBS, and you can see why I wasn’t exactly thrilled to go.
Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised.
What Amy was able to do was really impressive. It wasn’t just a dance, it was a story. She was able to convey struggles with sickness, body image, and relationship through the vehicle of dance. I was surprised that I enjoyed it, and even more surprised that I understood what was going on.
It was good for me to be reminded that I need to get out of my little world sometimes. I need to go to weird dance recitals and watch boring documentaries and read old books. It’s good for me to get off the computer, away from ESPN, and out of Jasper to see a musical or listen to an opera.
What do you think? Why is it important to experience new and different things? How do you go about doing that? Leave a comment and I’ll be your best friend. (Or maybe just a regular friend.)
Click for more information about Amy’s dance company, Rednerrus Feil.