Junior Ganymede
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Ars Brevis

August 26th, 2010 by G.

Dance troupes are turning out the lights.

It is oddly fitting that art that is by nature fleeting is itself fleeting. Classical music and other art forms point to something transcendent and Platonic. But dance is the ultimate art of immanence. It is all about the mutable world, the now, about change. No wonder it hasn’t put down roots. An institutionalized structure for the ongoing preservation of the moment is a contradiction. You can’t recapture that first, fine, fearless rapture.

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John Mansfield
August 27, 2010

“One of his final letters in 1799 is a poignant response to an invitation to the managers of the Alexandria Assembly in Virginia: ‘Mrs. Washington and myself have been honored with your polite invitation to the assemblies of Alexandria this winter, and thank you for this mark of your attention. But, alas! our dancing days are no more.’”

http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703426004575338861774677920.html


Bookslinger
August 30, 2010

Did you use immanence correctly?

–adjective
1. remaining within; indwelling; inherent.
2. Philosophy . (of a mental act) taking place within the mind of the subject and having no effect outside of it. Compare transeunt.
3. Theology . (of the Deity) indwelling the universe, time, etc. Compare transcendent ( def. 3 ) .


Adam G.
August 31, 2010

Bookslinger.

Excellent question. The English language is a magnificent edifice in which I stand in awe. I trespass in it because I must, and I hope to not too badly scuff the floors.

I use ‘immanence’ to mean something like the world that is available to our senses, considered philosophically and artistically.

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