A dancer’s travel diary

Monday 7th August 2017 – Sydney solo

I have been lucky enough to fly to Australia! And as always, I took my dancing dreams in a suitcase. I’m getting so inspired by this gigantic land that I wanted to share some sights with you all.

Sydney Opera House by night, 04/08/2017
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07/08/2017

This morning, when I entered the Art Gallery of New South Wales, I went straight down to the contemporary arts section. Alone. Empty bright spaces, with a selection of scupltures/installations that seemed to crave movement and human bodies to inhabit them. Maybe I’m biased, because I danced in museums, in and around sculptures on several occasions this year! Visiting this part of the gallery reinforced my willingness to insert contemporary dance into visual arts. Nowadays, artists are literally building spaces, making room for people to move in, it seems. So why not?

Of course I couldn’t, and didn’t, touch any of the artworks exposed. But as you can see on the picture on the right, I had fun with Ugo Rondinone’s clockwork for oracles (2011).

On the escalators, a massive quote painted up on the wall drew my attention:

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07/08/2017

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I dance, teach dance and practice choreography: ‘to pass from feeling to meaning‘ …

I spent the afternoon at Sydney’s world-famous Opera House. Although I found the tour slightly pricey, I came out thinking that it was very much worth it! The tour guide took my group in two of the ‘small’ auditioriums, as well as in the main concert hall. He showed us and told us about the inside of the architecture, which was quite fascinating. We even got to touch it from the outside!

The photos below might tell you more than words about what I saw today:

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