When I was studying at art school we had a week stretch called the freedom of expression week. Every single day we would talk about a new form of art that many people would consider unconventional. But to me, this was my very favorite week. My favorite section was all about the art of movement!
We first started learning about Parkour in this freedom of expression week, and I was truly amazed at the pure artistic expression of the sport. Parkour was invented in the 1900’s by a few different big influencers. The point of parkour originally was to get from Point A to Point B as quickly and as efficiently as possible. This can include doing vaults over railings or it can involve climbing up walls.
I believe the amazing part of parkour, the truly artist part comes out when you are faced with different choices. You are given the options of doing all these different movements, and you have the choice to pick which path you want to take.
I think this plays a lot into someones own parkour style, and how they choose to express themselves.
I think a great example of this was when I was practicing parkour with some of my friends. We each have our own style and that’s when the athlete can really chose to express themselves. I think it says a lot about the parkour athlete and their style when you look at their obstacles, and how they go about it. For example, if you see someone that call’s themselves a free runner or a parkourist then they will be constantly faced with choices. If they have an option to go over a wall or to vault over a table, i think it displays their artist preference by the choices they make. In the end I believe that parkour is extremely artistic with their flow and how they choose to navigate their terrain!