Constellations and Influences: Vicky Shick
April 18, 2013
In 2012 Danspace Project presented two historic Platforms, Parallels and Judson Now. In 2013 we continue to explore artistic constellations and lineages. What web of connections do new generations of artists trace? Who are their influences? This season we ask each artist to share a significant artistic influence. Below is Vicky Shick’s response:
Vicky Shick: Influences are really difficult to identify, not because there aren’t any, but because there are so many. What stands out most to me is an amazing and vibrant community. I was privileged to grow up as a dancer during three change-filled decades where performers and creators tried and did just about everything. Those times were loaded with courageous, imaginative, idiosyncratic and persevering risk-takers who taught and provoked us so, so much. But, it’s not only those innovative masters who were such incredible guides.
The explorations continue and the on-going research of the lesser known and a younger generation have also expanded and blown open the range of possibilities. I am in awe of people’s ideas, determination, energy and healthy recklessness. And although some have said there is nothing new left to be done, I know I am often watching something I have never seen before. Wow!!! There’s also the incredible and powerful influence of the daily work, the daily conversations with peers and friends, the daily stresses that tie all of us together, across generations. And there is the support, warmth and generosity as we tirelessly go to each other’s performances, rehearsals, panel discussions and classes always ready to learn. What can be more inspiring than that sense of outrageousness, passion, humanity and humor found in our community?