I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
As I mentioned in my last post, DANCE is my word for 2018 – to think about, reflect on, etc. And I also mentioned that I happened upon some interesting dance quotes – like the one above. While Nietzsche is best known for his philosophical writings on morality, culture, nihilism, etc., I found it fascinating that he also seemed to appreciate dance.
What is it that we dancers “hear” differently? Or feel differently? What is it in the music that compels us to move our bodies?
I know that when I hear certain tunes, I literally cannot stop myself from expressing the music in my body – even if it’s a restrained toe tap or discreet finger tapping. And if I am in a place where I can’t physically move, I use my imagination and visualize myself moving. And I feel young, energized and alive.
What about you?