the dragon dance

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a dragon-themed family day at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Dragon Dance performed by young members of CAAM Chinese Dance Theater

We tried our hand at Chinese calligraphy, went eye-to-eye with some live reptiles, and reveled in the Dragon Dances performed by CAAM Chinese Dance Theater. The dances kindled some long-forgotten glow; everywhere, vibrant red patterns swayed and twirled, enveloping us in all the fiery heat of a dragon’s breath. Just the thing to warm our spirits in the thin, gray light of February.

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We took the kids to Raven, a performance piece by Eiko and Koma at Walker Art Center. The artists create works inspired by butoh, the Japanese dance-theater form, and Zen Buddhism, incorporating properties of nature, silence, repose and the human body. Beautiful, intense work, often characterized by relentless stillness…

eiko onstage

sources: wikipedia, eikoandkoma.org and walkerart.org