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Sherry Wilkinson (far right) works with EMU dance students during rehearsal for the 63rd Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert in January.


Wilkinson: Educating people while they’re young is important. Tat’s why the music and dance programs’ children’s performance in December is so important-- because young people get to see that live performance has energy and excitement about it that you can’t simulate with television. Live art performance is amazing, and there are actual performers up on the stage playing or dancing or spouting out lines. Tere’s an exchange between audience and performer that you can’t get from a television set. We had a litle boy come up to one of our dancers and touch her costume. She said, “Oh, do you like the costume?” And he just said, “You’re real!” He had never seen a real ballerina before with a real costume, and he was able to touch it. Tis is real. We get so disembodied with our technology. Art doesn’t disembody. Art is in our bodies. Art is within us, and it’s a way of expressing the human experience that we cannot in any way, shape or form express through the technology we have. We are art.3


“Anybody who’s in music or dance or any type of art, we do it because


we love it. We don’t do it because it’s the smart or logical thing to do. I’ve done a million pliés in my life, but still, every day when I wake up,


I want to do a plié.” —Sherry Wilkinson


Eastern | SPRING 2015 15


Photo by Randy Mascharka


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