|Photo credit: performa/dance|
I've written about the Austin dance community before - it is a subject near and dear to my heart. We have been involved with Ballet Austin - as parents and patrons - for more than 15 years, and have had the joy and privilege of getting to know many of the dancers and choreographers.
Through these connections I was fortunate to become engaged with an emerging company - performa/dance - and I now serve on their board.
I can't overstate the respect and admiration I have for these people as individuals and as artists.
One of the things I have learned since I have started making jewelry is how little value some people place on the creation of art. I don't know an artist who hasn't been asked if they have a "real job" or if they can offer a "better price"...implying that somehow making art isn't a worthy pursuit or profession.
|Photo credit - Anne Marie Bloodgood|
Dance is particularly ephemeral - music and movement come together on the stage for an evening - and then they are gone. The primary difference between the performing arts and visual or industrial arts (like metalsmithing) is that permanence.
If you are in Austin, you can join me and share in the experience - performa/dance has two shows the weekend of June 23 and 24 in the Austin Ventures Studio Theater at Ballet Austin. Tickets are available at www.peformandance.org.
If you aren't in Austin - I hope you will seek out and support the performing arts in your community.
Until next time.