2. What is a dancepoem?

A dancepoem is a synergistic combination of two arts: dance and poetry. It is a hybrid specimen that bears resemblance to both arts but remains distinct when compared to either poetry or art.

A dancepoem is not poetry accompanied with dance or dance accompanied with poetry. Also, a dancepoem is not poetry about dance or dance about poetry.

A dancepoem is poetry and dance together, like two halves of a broken heart as captured in the poem about dancepoems.

A dancepoem can be performed and the performance can be filmed for posterity. Or it can be specifically created as a video. In my own practice, I followed the latter model.

A dancepoem can be on any theme or topic, and in any length, rhythm or intensity. The theme that I followed in my dancepoems was Celestial Dialogues, that is conversations among the Moon, Earth and Sun. I found it useful to have a main theme to guide my collaborations with dancers, but you may decide that you want the main theme to emerge in the collaborative process.

The creating process should not be dominated by one voice. Both the dancer and the poet need to lead and guide each other. Whether you work in a duo or as one artist who is both a poet and dancer, let both voices be heard and grow on you. The composing process is about tuning into each other’s rhythm. It is about listening with body and mind, interweaving the physical and the intellectual. The most powerful dancepoems are created when dancers become poets and poets become dancers. The power of dancepoetry lies in redrawing the boundaries of individual arts.