At the Philharmonie de Paris, I went to a pop-up exhibit titled “Electro” that took an in-depth look at the evolution of electronic music, internationally. This exhibit included interactive exhibits, films, text and photography/videography. The moments that did not include dance truly interested me (although I admired how inclusive this exhibit was for dance). Specifically, I found interest in the historical and visual elements of electronic music. Being in Paris, I have been able to experience many mediums other than my own. In that, I find that I am cultivating my voice as a human being. This voice inherently influences my artistry, as opposed to exclusively immersing myself in dance.
My night included a particularly interesting contrast. Preceding the electronic journey, I saw the Philharmonic perform alongside four different choirs: the Notre Dame, Radio France, Children’s and French Army choirs. These four converging choirs amplified and personified that quality and effort that the orchestra below them had conveyed throughout the evening.
Subverting artistic hierarchy
This evening of experiencing two very different genres of music made me feel very lucky, for a number of reasons. First, I absolutely adored the way the Philharmonie de Paris threw the notion of high and low art out the window. They gave the electronic music and the classical music equal appreciation. Second, I appreciated that I could step out of the metaphorical “bubble” of dance. I could just enjoy another craft for what it was. I was able to feel anything I pleased, and this agency made me excited to make others feel this way through my own art.