“You are a soul, you have a body” – C.S LEWIS

#MakingItVisual, visualising stories through the arts.

What is Making it Visual all about?

Making It Visual is centred around visualising stories through the arts. The focus is around the human body. The body according to many choreographers, poets, professor’s, musicians, artists, scientists and more, know that the body is a powerful tool when it comes to representation.  How the media, dance, arts and politics use the body to make a statement through speech or movement. The audience is forever left guessing and questioning what dance is today and are driven by the visuals whether it is through the media or through the arts. Art has evolved and my aim is to create a platform where dance and visual arts is seen as a mechanism to educate and heal in a creative way.

Dancers embody the present, past and hope for the future. Many dance works are created to educate and express individual stories, relating to our political past and present. This concept of visualising an idea through any artistic medium is to enhance a reality that the arts are not a mere sense of entertainment, but a representation of change. To make a statement and move the audience. This idea relates to a dancer, that dancers visualise the music, embodying politics, social structures, hardships, stories and more.

Furthermore did you know that dance is the only art that disappears. Unlike a painting, sculpture or drawing that is fixed, a form of art that can always be revisited. For example a piece of music can be replayed, whereas dance, is the only art that disappears, performed once and never again. Although the same dance can be performed multiple times, the same performance can never be performed twice. It is a once off embodied experience.

Therefore the body is beautiful, it is a temple and a tool that we need to nurture and look after. Although I blog about dance and the arts, my posts represent and visualise what a healthy body is all about. Therefore nutrition and fitness is essential for our health.  I hope my blog gives insight to lead you to a better and healthier lifestyle and educate you about how powerful the arts and culture of today is to change nations and mindsets, leading to a better future.

“Your body is your temple, treat it like a religion” – Talia Lewis

“Exercise, eat, treat, repeat” – Talia Lewis

The Writer:

Nardus Engelbrecht Photography

Born in 1996, Talia Lewis is a South African National Hip Hop dancer trained in a variety of different dance styles ranging from Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Ballroom, Classical Ballet, Horton and Spanish dance. Her life is centered around the arts including drama, singing, acting and of course dancing. Her main vision is to use the arts as a mechanism to educate through her choreography and writing. Featured in  Sunday Times and Channel 24   As a very well known figure in the dance industry in South Africa, Talia is known for being a triple threat (singer, dancer and actress) and a dance model for many well known photographers

For more visuals of check her Instagram account: @taliasworld