Eric Machmer: Illuminated Dancer (contextualized logo)

After the previous post’s over-saturated commercial frames this quick image may rebalance blog aesthetics by contextualizing the ecstatic dancing figure used as its logo. Background story: an old general who had been in charge of organizing events behind a city’s walls dances to distract children gathered around a fire as defenses fail. In such a situation there were unaffiliated, retreating, or front-line enemy troops who would be more harmful to stranded residents than the formal enemy army. Innocent persons unable to escape — street children, handicapped, elderly — might gather together in a public setting. As debris rains down they would be protected in no-man’s land by persons such as this dancer.

Check out what is not on this little guy’s right foot, but on his head — he was sculpted near Kunming China 1,500 years ago! Imagine him also in a peaceful setting dancing around a hearth, entertaining kids and village folk who have stayed up late to hear his stories.

“Happy Dancer” is the most ‘important’ sculpture ever created by a human being (in my humble opinion)…it is not violent, does not celebrate a state, nationality, or ruler — neither is it conspicuous ornate decoration or even utilitarian…it is simply human and fun. I LOVE this sculpture. It was created by a Fellow Spirit, a comrade-in-arms, an artist whose name has been lost but whose attitude resonates.

“Happy Dancer” may be seen in a nondescript corner of a display case among shelves of statuettes in the Yunnan Provincial Museum, Kunming China. Some day it’s value will be celebrated. It is the Mona Lisa of sculpture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunming#Yunnan_Provincial_Museum

(Well, maybe not THE most important, but, one of the most important…allllthough,
if forced to choooooose!! –I LOVE IT!!)


“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
Rumi

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Angela Monet

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes,
we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
Albert Einstein

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
Confucius

“There are short-cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.”
Viki Baum

“If I can’t dance – I don’t want to be part of your revolution”
Emma Goldman