Statement of a Citizen Dancer
Run away and join the circus Circus away and join the run Run join and away the circus Run away the join and circus There is so much we learn from charming stories. We so willingly listen intently; the simple phrases and easy conclusions give pleasant appeal. We follow, so as to live and journey with hope on a clear, true path, where we gain admission to an inner world that holds mysteries. Moving freely is the activation of dreamlike states that create belonging – focused, restrained, balanced duties of the heart. Notions of “social engagement,” “citizenship,” “belonging,” and “obligation” develop and are understood by dance scholar/artists. Social engagement requires the action of acceptance. Citizenship entails acceptance of ownership. Belonging is the ownership of privilege, and obligation is a privilege of understanding. This is important to me: retention of onus and the manner of moving which makes one a citizen is the sovereign onus unum. If we can’t move, our manner and what we retain becomes ossified. The hope is that we can home ourselves to own our actions. Dancing is self-ownership, as it is a titled deed. We determine citizenship through the actions of mobility boundaries, a legally recognized subject of a state or commonwealth, the individual either native or naturalized. For the inhabitants of a particular state, what manner of action-induced consideration is dance? Who is the owner? Own the dance, own the movement, become the owner of your actions. When you see somebody on the dance floor moving incredibly well and to your liking, say that they own it. The right to breathe fresh air, the right to go freely in and out, egress and ingress with the privilege of going through and around, up and down the citizenship of dance, is like a circus of gestures which make our movement a nation bounded by discipline and desire.