Dance as Cubism or Dance as Film by Paul Ilechko

Dance as Cubism or Dance as Film

The beauty of dance     is the body

     executing movements that it can do

     while giving the impressions of that

which it cannot do     being always

on the edge     of the impossible     while

     maintaining art     and joy     and flow

seeing the dance from a single viewpoint     while having the impression of seeing it from multiple viewpoints     as in a cubist painting

dance being an art of movement

in vehement opposition to stasis

in the imagination of traveling in a rotation around the dance     and seeing every single angle     but in motion     not locked     as in a Braque canvas

with every piece in place    even while

“showing” or “giving the impression” of showing

                           all aspects at once

as if from different camera angles

as to why dance is better on film

spinning into every possibility.



About the Poet
Paul Ilechko is the author of the chapbooks “Bartok in Winter” (Flutter Press, 2018) and “Graph of Life” (Finishing Line Press, 2018). His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including West Trade Review, As It Ought To Be, Cathexis Northwest Press, Otoliths and Pithead Chapel. He lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ.