(Sculpture: Gil Boro)
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”~Jalaluddin Rumi
“How cool and beautiful to have dance spring up in the middle of things!” That was a comment of an audience member after we danced recently in a pop-up performance as part of a street event, amidst strollers and people dining outside and shopkeepers.
My sentiments, too.
After arranging and dancing in several such performances this summer, I am more convinced than ever of the magic and power of weaving dance and other art into everyday life. Spreading creativity and beauty, especially in unexpected places, helps expand our perspective. And fire up those synapses that might be dulled by the mundane.
Whether dancing next to the Farmer’s Market or in a sculpture garden, on the sidewalks in front of to stores or on benches next to cafes and overlooking a stream, each performance has sparked something vibrant in viewers. Surprise, delight, curiosity, humor, even their own spontaneous dancing–these reactions by viewers have illustrated the wisdom of Rumi’s exhortations.
Dance and art invite us to express our humanity in an infectiously constructive way. Releasing grief or anger, sharing joy and excitement, amplifying expansiveness….and expressing the inimitable. Channeling all of it in a flow of creativity, of positivity.
In each place where we’ve performed, dance energy nows resonates there…along with the exchanges we have had, golden threads we have woven with people we will never meet but with whom we have spun indestructible dialogues.
Who knows whence the threads will lead? All I know is that they will lead to better, more radiant, more vibrant things. As Pina Bausch urged: “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”