Dance, draw and love music at The Drive
Can dancers, artists and musicians inspire each other? The "Bringing Artists Together" project at Linda Arkelian's "Ballet on the Drive" class at Drive Dance Centre allowed those from different disciplines to collaborate while experiencing each other's crafts.
Can dancers, artists and musicians inspire each other?
This multidisciplinary project, "Bringing Artists Together," lives up to its name. As dancers arabesque to live musicians, artists wander freely amongst them to observe, photograph and paint the interaction. The inspiration has flow both ways: from the dancers to the artists and then back again to the dancers. Andrea Taylor, painter, muses: "At Ballet on the Drive I hope to capture a bit of the energy of dancers in motion...in space and time...in and out of chaos." I personally have a fascination with human movement as an artist and a kinesiologist--movement frozen in a photo or painting is still dynamic in its beauty. It is amazing to experience the energy of the class: to photograph the dancers responding to the music and Linda's passionate and entertaining presence. All I wanted to do was paint canvases of physical expressionism when I got home.
Other guest artists throughout the summer have included:
Afro Cuban percussionist, Russell Shumsky who guest accompanied her contemporary class. He shared 24 years of professional expertise playing marimba, djembé, dunduns, bodhran, and congas.
Yvonne Chew, Vancouver dance photographer captured an event featuring guest artist Andrea Taylor, painter and prolific printmaker from Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island. Chew also documented a collaboration between photographer Josan Pinon and Ballet on the Drive dancers where the dancers were immersed underwater.
Jon Snow and I photographed a contemporary class featuring SFU's Ron Stelting on percussion while digital artist Masha Levine sketched the dancers.
I am very thankful to Arkelian for the chance to fulfill my goal of capturing the grace and strength of dance in art and envision a collective exhibit to show the fruits of the collaboration of creative minds from this summer. "Bringing Artists Together" at Drive Dance Studio, is a wonderful concept that breaks down barriers separating individuals in different disciplines. I find myself surprisingly tell Linda that I would love to try one of her classes. Who knows, perhaps the dancers will borrow the photographers camera's and artist's brushes next.