A New Day Has Come
I have never been a person who looks at art and enjoys it. My favorite artwork is Gottfried Helnweint Boulevard of Broken Dreams. But when ask to write about my favorite art piece, that didn’t come to mind. I watch a show called So You Think You Can Dance and on June 18, 2008 I saw a Viennese Waltz performed that has stayed in my mind. For me art is something that gets you thinking and feeling in a way that you might not have before. Everything from the music to the lighting to even what they were wearing all played a part in this dance.
Jean-Mark Genereaux and his wife France Mousseau choreographed a Viennese Waltz performed by Kherington Payne and Stephen “Twitch” Boss on the show. Part of why I love this dance so much is the reason for the dance. Jean-Mark and France have a daughter that developed Rett syndrome when she was 20 months old. The disability has left her with no motor skills, she only reacts to movement. So the parents choreographed a dance that she would respond to. Everything was taken into consideration when planning this performance. Genereaux chose a song that was a good representation of their daughter. The song A New Day Has Comei by Celine Dion has a part that says “Hush now I see a light in the sky/Oh it's almost blinding me/I can't believe I've been touched by an angel with love”. The song talks about pain that someone experiences and knowing that if they wait everything will be ok. This to me is an expression with music on how they feel about their daughter. Also in the song it says “When it was dark now there's light/Where there was pain now's there's joy/Where there was weakness I found my strength/All in the eyes of a boy”. Even though the song talks about a boy, again they use it for their daughter brings joy to them even through pain. And the fact that the song is used with the dance is tremendous to me. The lighting and wardrobe is also a reason I like the dance. Payne wore a white flowing dress and Boss wore...
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