|The Lovely Ladies in Disco Dupattas|
Photo from Shab Sigman
|Shab, Katia, Emily, Vicki, Me, Andrea|
Photo from Vicki Virk
I was struck by the idea that we were assigning the experience of knowing and interpreting art to the viewer, rather than the artist or art expert. It is the impression left with the viewer or the emotional reaction they have to a piece that actually brings art to life. Interestingly, I usually evaluate a bhangra performance based on how it felt, or if we have a video, how it looked (Did I remember the steps? Were we in unison? Did we appear to be having fun?) . All those things are important, but overall they're a pretty rudimentary evaluation. How did our performance affect the audience? How might they have felt while watching? And what might we want them to feel? If I had to hazard a guess, I'm assuming bhangra is not going to evoke quiescent feelings in the audience. Yes, we are within the realm of the sensuous, but maybe we could even throw a bit of comic, heroic, or marvelous in there too.