The universe turns a blind eye to the triumphs, losses, and vicissitudes of our individual daily lives. After a resounding success or a horrific loss, I expect the world I see when my eyes open to somehow be altered. It never is. That can be a source of comfort but is also a source of mild bewilderment. Last night’s brilliant performance brought many of us to the top of the mountain.
Today I am savoring the resounding success of our 2017 DANCEworks residency. In my personal world and in the world of the artists who were with us for a month, I can say with certainty that the world is a better place today. It feels brighter, more loving and more optimistic. I hope the pleasure and wonder the final performances of the residency generated for everyone in the audience will be present for them today too.
I am still seeing images and hearing music. The magnificence and passion of the dancers can serve as an inspiration to strive mightily in life to understand and utilize the gifts bestowed on each of us. In this world that is not so user-friendly to the art of dance, these artists have remained dedicated. Their payback is great, if fleeting. I can only hope it sustains them through the inevitable difficult times in their careers. We shared a golden month together. I am in a state of awe for what was achieved in four weeks time.
The generosity that flowed among the performers was a model of support and respect for each other. The mutual caring and consideration they shared were ingrained in this residency. It followed easily from Kate Weare’s and Esteban Moreno’s leadership. It was beautiful to witness as well as to sense.
These realities are what I choose to focus on today. Our better angels were on full display this month. My cup overfloweth with gratitude for everyone who helped make this year’s residency a reality. It is a team effort. Each of us tries to do what we know how to do and do it as well as we can. I saw the happiness in smiles all around me last night. It lifted me ever higher.
Since this isn’t the Academy Awards, I’m not going to mention names. Just know that I am profoundly appreciative of everyone whose work, enthusiasm, and financial contribution brought us to the top of the mountain last night!
all photos by David Bazemore