danceETHOS Performance Company seeks to produce thoughtful, evocative works that engage and entertain all audiences. Through a variety of contemporary dance forms, danceETHOS invites its audiences to partake in a dialogue with the choreographer and dancers through the language of movement, perception and kinesthetic understanding of topics for which words do not do justice.
Ethos, the Greek word meaning “character,” is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation or ideology. It can simply mean the disposition, character or fundamental values of a person, people, culture or movement. Ethos is a fluid idea that is influenced by new ideas, forces or action at work.
In performance, ethos is the factor that changes the performance from a one-sided portrayal of an author’s thoughts to a dialogue, taking the viewer’s beliefs, opinions and desires into account. This is the guiding principle of danceETHOS: to create works that are accessible to all audiences; creating art that, whatever the concept may be, is relatable in some way to all viewers. Dance is not a platform from which the choreographer can convey his or her ideas with no consequence, but it is a means by which dancer, choreographer and audience can engage in powerful conversation using the language of movement, music and kinesthetic experience.
The Greeks also used the term “ethos” to refer to the power of music to influence its audience’s emotions, behaviors and even morals. danceETHOS reflects and embodies this idea, as music moves, guides and inspires us to create, shapes our language of movement and invites the viewer to enter into our world.
In Aristotle’s definition of the three artistic proofs – ethos, pathos and logos – ethos is the one concept that belongs to the audience. It is the audience that determines the character or credibility of the author, or performer.
- Alexandra Pobiedzinski, Artistic Director