It’s not often, if ever, that professional dancers use toddlers for their inspiration. But that's exactly what this dance troupe did by mimicking the movements and fluidity of a 14-month-old boy named Ivo. Artistic director and Ivo’s mom, Alexandra Beller, chose to use her son’s behavior and translate it into a performance.
Beller explained, "I think many of us spend a good part of our lives searching for meaning. Some of us turn to religion, or science, some to parenthood, or yoga. I turned to Art. I searched for meaning in art for a long time, and I found it, but I also felt frustrated by the process of trying to connect to something larger than myself through something so self-involved. Then I had kids, and in watching them, I felt like I understood something about what exists beyond what we know, or think we know, something about what binds us, and something about desire. I started to learn the dances of my children, in the hope that it would bring me closer to what it feels like to be a human with no stories, no critiques, no formulas, no delusions, no denials, no successes or failures, no ego. The result is a new evening-length work for four remarkable dancers called Milkdreams."
It seems that young Ivo is a natural and may have a future in the dance world. After all, how many toddlers can claim to lead a dance rehearsal?
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