The subject of Marlee Matlin’s dancing came up in the comment thread for The ‘Otherly-Abled’ Have Affairs, Too. I suggested that anyone curious about deafness and dancing should explore the music of Scottish percussionist and composer Evelyn Glennie. There are a number of performance videos on the net, and I may drop previous plans for tomorrow’s Mouffe so I can devote it to her. As a prelude, check out Glennie’s talk on how to listen to music with your whole body (from TED 2003). Here’s the synopsis:
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie leads the audience through an exploration of music not as notes on a page, but as an expression of the human experience. Playing with sensitivity and nuance informed by a soul-deep understanding of and connection to music, she talks about a music that is more than sound waves perceived by the human ear. She illustrates a richer picture that begins with listening to yourself, and includes emotion and intent as well as the complex role of physical spaces — instrument, concert hall and even the bones and body cavities of musician and listener alike.
What is TED? The Technology, Entertainment & Design conference.Check it out.