The tyranny of novelty

2008 November 24
by Simba

Black is the new black by Jacob Bøtter, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License by  Jacob Bøtter

The man who has journeyed all over the world can’t find any novelty in five thousand miles, for he finds only new things — yet another novelty, the old routine of the forever new — while his abstract concept of novelty got lost at sea after the second new thing he saw.

The Book of Disquiet (171) by Fernando Pessoa

As in fashion,  people in dance seem always to be chasing the new black. A performance is no good unless the dancers do something new. A class is only worth taking if the topic is new. Dancers are encouraged to find new steps.. and so on.

Oh well — nothing is new under the sun.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2008 November 26

    Hola Simba!

    I was just thinking this the other day as I watched a newly posted video on YouTube. It all just seems “the same ol’ same ol'” stuff.

    I wondered if I am getting bored with tango, and ended the thread in my head with this thought – “just dance”.

    Thanks for the add to your blogroll…I’ll reciprocate.


  2. 2008 November 30

    Thanks, Alex!

    Luckily I am not bored with tango in general, but the neverending chase for novelty can be a bore to watch, especially if it is always the same ol’ stuff 😉

    Quality goes a long way, if you ask me.

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