But even before they met one another, their parents put them in dance class. Or perhaps they had to pay for it themselves because their parents didn’t support it. Then they chose to take the risky, sometimes thankless path of becoming an artist, because you can’t develop a skill like that on the weekends, or a few hours in the evening during the week. Becoming that talented at something means giving up so much, and dedicating your life to your art.
Still, what you gain is worth it. Whenever I create something with others, from nothing, we develop a relationship. That relationship, like any other comes and goes with time, but in that space for whatever amount of time you hold it, there is the deepest connection you have ever felt. You connect so deeply with who you are, and with the other people in your midst partly because of trust, and partly just this magical, subconscious, consciousness, creation-thingy-bondy, indescribable something seems to happen. In that space in time you are a community, where everyone is contributing by just being and bringing who they are to the table.
As our world gets larger and people spend more time connecting online, I feel, and I know others I have talked to feel the same as well: that what we crave above all else and hidden under all the crap, is connection, a sense of belonging, community. But it’s hard to find in a world that revolves around your face and a screen. You need human to human contact.
So art, giving people the space to create something out of nothing, even if they do it just in their spare time and never as a career, is more important as our culture moves towards more introverted lifestyles. In this video the performers and the audience were engaged and created a community for just 6 minutes, but the time is irrelevant, because you measure this experience in feeling. Seeing the faces in the audience, you see how moved they are, and I, watching this was brought to tears, as those two artists reminded all of us of how beautiful creation is and how majestic and breathtaking it is just to be alive, in these glorious bodies.
THANK YOU ART!