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Emotion,Space, and Smile

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is something about this song that I find interesting and compelling. It’s relatable, but not everyone’s relation to this feeling is the same nor is the setting. This feeds into my interest of locating common themes in various social settings. It’s something that I’m still working on in my head, but it’s remarkable how an emotion can be tapped into because of its close relationship to a particular moment in time and space.

Choreographically, I’ve always used imagery of space to generate a particular tone or emotion that I wanted.  But now I’m wondering what would happen if I did the reverse? What would happen if I asked the dancers to remember a moment regarding an emotion and then asking them to relive that space, but not the emotion? I think I could use this as a method for movement exploration. Having the performers continue to work with that setting in various ways (those ways, I have no idea).

Here are the words:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

The song is originally by Charlie Chaplin, and I’ve posted a clip of Janelle Monae singing it (check her out).


Oh dance…

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  1. December 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful. Classic. Love this song!

  2. Elle
    December 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Modern Times is like my fav Charlie Chaplin movie…I love this score. Hearing the beautiful simplicity of the music matched w/ JM’s dynamic voice equals absolute heaven.

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