We live in an era when it is easier than ever to make and share our art.
Seth Godin considers art anything that we create, whether it be a painting or a wonderful dinner, business plan or kind deed.
When people ask me where I get my ideas and inspiration for my business, I have to admit, much of it comes from immersing myself in others’ art.
Seeing something created that I couldn’t imagine, opens my mind to ideas and concepts that I can then apply to my work.
His art is the dance form “Jookin’,” which is a street dance that emerged in Memphis Tennessee in the 1990s.
He tells the story to Stephen Colbert that he was doing his dance and a ballet teacher observed his talents and invited him to deepen his dance repetoire by learning more traditional ballet to integrate it with his jookin movements. Initially Lil Buck wasn’t interested because he was concerned he’d need to wear tights. No tights, said the ballet teacher. And so he went to learn more about dance.
Lil Buck now performs The Swan (from Swan Lake) in the jookin’ dance.
It’s amazing and beautiful and opens my mind to how we can combine our talents to create beautiful things in the world that have not yet been imagined or tried or told.
Today’s Inspiring Art Saturday presents Lil Buck in Swan Lake.
And another, more formal version, with Yo Yo Ma playing cello. They are together in China to promote the arts.
Create new art. It’s good for the soul and builds business, too.