On Tuesday's Central Standard, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another.
As a ballet dancer embarked on retirement from the stage and into a teaching and choreographing role at the age of 32, he sat down with a visual artist who has more than forty years of studio experience and a legendary jazz saxophonist. The three compared notes across genres.
"As you age, you start to think about your mortality and you start to choose your notes more carefully. I play less notes." -- Bobby Watson
"If you're honest, your work is going to change because you're going to change." -- Philomene Bennett
"There's an equilibrium that happens between technique and artistry and I held on until I felt like I was there." -- Anthony Krutzkamp
- Bobby Watson, William D. and Mary Grant Professor of Jazz Studies, The Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Philomene Bennett, artist, Kansas City Artists Coalition
- Anthony Krutzkamp, retired ballet dancer, Kansas City Ballet /current manager, KC Ballet II
- Saralyn Reece Hardy, director, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas