These are challenging times and we need to find and nurture all the things that can calm us, inspire us, and raise the vibration that will awaken us to fight for the future, to heal the planet and each other.
This is what art does. The non-linear, non-cerebral forms that are art speak on a different frequency above the chaos and dysfunction and awaken us to consciousness.
Art reminds us that the world as it is, is not all there is, that there are other possibilities to strive for. Art can jolt us open, penetrate our defenses so that we can see and hear what we have been afraid of seeing and hearing.
That’s why, last night, I took my friend, actor Saffron Burrows, to see a new performance commissioned by the incredible L.A. Dance Project. I’ve seen other performances of the L.A. Dance Project, so I knew something special was in store and I wasn’t disappointed.
The performance, Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, took place in the parking lot of the Dance Project’s studio because of covid, the dancers wore beautiful, mysterious masks made of flowers and berries. We stayed in our cars, honked for applause and were served a scrumptious dinner like at a drive-in but this was 4-star gourmet.
Wow! It took my breathe away. Think of a collage of Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and classical ballet but the combo of movements added up to something totally different and more surprising than all of them together.
You know, in times of crisis, we need humanity, expression and community. That’s what art creates. The values we support today will determine the world we live in tomorrow. Please Join me in supporting L.A.s very own L.A. Dance Project. We’ve never needed the arts more: ladanceproject.org/donate #artishope