Something has come up recently and it has made me really think about several things.
We are, truly, still a fledgling duo in the grand scheme of things–what we create and bring to the stage is a labour of love and takes a lot out of us emotionally and physically, really. So, you can imagine how upset we would be if someone were to “borrow” a concept or choreography of ours…
Kat and I have ended up having this conversation with some of our friends in the dance community and how the old saying “mimicry is the sincerest form of admiration” (or something like that)…but we say HELL NO!
People mimic the greats like Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes and Sharon Kihara (I’m leaving many out here) ALL THE TIME…usually though it’s in the sense of fashion, or using a signature “move” at some point during a performance. It happens, and sometimes we end up utilizing something we saw once and forgot where it came from. IT HAPPENS.
There really is nothing 100% original anymore. We all derive our influences from something, someone or somewhere else. But there is a difference between that and consciously and willfully “borrowing” or “stealing”.
Suffice it to say that there is a very good reason we don’t post public videos of any new stuff until we have performed it several places first…and even then it’s iffy.
Very recently this has expanded into wider circles, since we have gotten so covert and sneaky when we work on something new…paranoid? Yup!
It’s just incredibly frustrating to have something special…something you nurture and become known for…only to have it pwned by someone else. Yes, I said pwned!
Bottom line…if you are worried that something you are about to do will possibly cause an issue elsewhere? There’s a reason for that.
The best I can hope for is the gift of self-awareness for those that are in denial and not socially conditioned to understand that cheating and stealing are wrong, especially from people they know.
I never know how to end these types of serious things…