21st Century Awesomeness
June 08, 2011
What am I hyped about now? Aerial dance! If you haven't seen it, then it's like nothing you've ever seen. It’s not your mom's salsa or your dad's two-step.
Aerial dance involves dancers twisting, flinging, slithering, hanging and anything else they can do on fabric slings or trapezes. It takes a huge amount of physical strength and co-ordination to basically perform a dance in mid-air.
I'm hyped about this because the Kansas City area is really lucky to have a world-class aerial dance performance troupe called Quixotic Fusion.
Recently, they performed with the Kansas City Symphony at the Lyric Theatre. The Lyric came to life through the sound, light, and movement of these two groups combined. Stunning duets were performed in mid-air as the orchestra played and the audience applauded.
Other than a shout-out to Quixotic, what does this have to do with the library? Well for starters, cultural performances enrich your life and give you an awareness of talent in areas other than sports. The library is both a vehicle and a venue for cultural performances and knowledge.
Mid-Continent Public Library offers a huge variety of programs such as Chinese Brush Painting for Families and American Rhythm's Music Through the Decades, to just name a couple. These programs supplement the knowledge we provide through the books and eBooks here at your fingertips.
You have only to register for a program to experience something new in your life and outside of your expertise.
You might also want to get online and check out some of our databases which offer so much information. A couple of databases that look good are the Dance In Video and also the Smithsonian Global Sound databases. From our homepage, simply click on the Online Resources link and then click on Art and Entertainment. Enjoy!
And just to see what I'm talking about, here is a clip of dance for the 21st century. It's Quixotic Fusion and it's awesome:
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