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Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Anita says...July 2020
We dance... to breathe, to bring the soul to the fore, to be free to remember, to experience, to imagine, to connect, to share to include all and leave none, to travel together, to persevere to lift each other's spirit, to realise possibilities, to transcend boundaries to inhabit spaces beyond the body, to manifest the extraordinary to stand in the present and reach out to the future, to conjure the unknown to be proud in our bodies, to coalesce all parts of our being into one to wear eyes and ears all over our bodies, to welcome all colours and sounds to reach the centre from the periphery We dance to feel alive! Stand up for dance! Stand up for all! - Jayachandran Palazhy (Founder, Artistic Director, Attakkalari)
Another month passes. Touch is out. Distancing is in. Tempers run rampant. Patience runs thin. The body passes into numbness, no matter how hard we try to find a rhythm and a routine. Television is a cannibal, feeding on carcasses of dead ideas. In small cozy WhatsApp groups, the elite discuss "serious" issues and weigh in on life and death matters while sipping a "garam chai", filter coffee or a chilled Chardonnay - with coordinated designer masks of course!
How much longer can we continue to hope that things will resume as they were for the live arts? How fervently can we pray for the world to resume its chaotic but recognizable patterns? How many more appeals can we encounter without withering into cynical ennui? For those of us who have donated, supported, purchased and encouraged performers, crafts persons, weavers and creative people across all spectrums, the endless litany of woes does not seem to have a finish line.