2/14/2006

Those Guys Being...Guys

song du jour: Breaking Us in Two, Joe Jacckson

mood: peachy

From the Director's Journal on the Dance 101 website

Tuesday, Feb 14th Valentine's Day: Ok so this is funny. We've had a "rush" of men (ok ok so just a whopping FOUR) all but bust through our front door wanting to buy gift certificates. They run in here all huffing and puffing ("Wow, I am SO glad you are open!"). They don't want to learn about the class cards or our packages, but rather- "Talk to me about money...how much?" So, we've had a great sales day as we've sold several 8 class cards for $200 a piece. Just kidding. We would never take advantage of a thoughful man - no matter how last minute his brain might work! But you'll be happy to know we did manage to harrass them a little - but also commended them on doing something really nice. Guys are such... guys.

Well put, Ofelia! (She's one of my dance, not to mention art in business, heroes, if I haven't mentioned it lately!) I couldn't have put it any better, although lately I've certainly been putting it longer. I'm a bit behind in linking this up, but over at Generation Sit, David Jon Peckinpaugh and I have been posting an ongoing dialog about (what else?) masculine and feminine modes of, well, pretty much anything.

Here's an excerpt from part 2:
Victoria: Yes, it's sad to me too when people would rather focus on the end/goal than open to what is in front of them. If the 70's were 'gonna' oriented (gonna change the world, gonna make everyone love each other, gonna "buy the world a coke... and teach the world to sing in perfect harmony"), and the 80's were the yuppie gimme gimme gimme years, then from he 90's through to now, we've become the gotta gotta gotta culture. Gotta get it done, gotta get on track, gotta make more money, gotta get a practice, gotta get enlightened... nd so we view most of what comes across our desks, into our in boxes and RSS feeds, or into our lives strictly as potential for helping us get somewhere... or not.

Perhaps the term 'good conversationalist' has gone out of fashion, but nothing inspires me like wild brainstorming or the expanding of ideas with another like minded soul. Being an extrovert, I'm completely recharged by such an exchange, since I spend so much time alone in the art making process. Creative camaraderie was the energy behind the agendas of all the great schools of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

David Jon: Yeah... what immediately pops into awareness for me is the Zen appreciation of what Shunryu Suzuki called "beginners mind." If we have all sorts of preconceived ideas about where we want to go, need to go... or, as you suggest the most recent cultural mindset dictates - we GOTTA GO - then how do we ever open up to the truly new and novel? How do we ever get out of our prefabricated boxes? how do we ever come across anything original and unconditioned? As the Buddha is reported to have put it over 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the Pali Canon, "If not for the unborn, ungrown, and unconditioned there would be no escape for the born, the grown, and the conditioned." Our hope resides in that which is not already formed: not already formed/conditioned in our minds; not already formed/conditioned in our awareness; not already formed/conditioned in our relationships. That is why I find it impossible to converse with you, Victoria, on the basis of those old 'stereotypes' of what a male/female relationship is supposed to be like.


I can only hope several galleries across the country had the same kind of rushing men, buying many pairs of Star-Heart earrings and necklaces!!! (But it's never too late...)

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