A few weeks ago I volunteered at SXSW and was able to attend a couple of interviews with musicians (Depeche Mode and Stevie Nicks). It was fascinating to listen to their answers about their artistic process. They were asked about how they come up with the music and songs, their inspiration, and do they struggle with ideas, and they had a lot of the same answers as painters would come up with. That got me thinking that I needed to get a dancer’s perspective as well, see if it was the same, so who better to ask than my father (Eugene Slavin)! He was a ballet dancer, and choreographed many dances in his career, and a lot of his answers were the same! I found out that ideas, inspiration, creativity is very similar no matter what your artistic outlet is. Here are several of the answers I heard: I play the music and the lyrics just come out, I read or watch movies for inspiration, I look at art and listen to music to get inspired, I see a dancer or hear music that inspires a dance. I think when the creative brain is engaged, when we see or hear ‘it’ we just instinctively know it.
It was interesting asking my Dad about his artistic process (I had never spoken to him about it before). The one difference it seemed was that a lot of the choreography was dictated by the talent the dancers, or what their strengths or weaknesses were. I guess if us painters were limited to just paint with specific materials it would be the same thing, or a musician only able to use specific instruments. Getting creative with what we have is what we have to do when the creative bug strikes!