This will be my first attempt at a truly on-the-run blog. I am watching Vincent and Association Noa rehearse in our Exploratory Arts studio. What a pleasure. Here’s the way it is when you invite artists to perform in a space for which you are responsible. You see a performance somewhere in the world. It seems to you to be brilliant, moving, unique, inspiring—you love it and want it to come to your town to be shared with people who care about contemporary performing arts and other cultures and exploring a bit!
You invite the artist, find the money to pay some modest fees, prepare your theater for their particular requirements. AND THEN THEY APPEAR. And all of a sudden, however much you admire them as artists and people you wonder if this particular piece is as great as you remember…if your friends will think you did good…if your audience will go away happy.
But THEN at some moment you know that, yes indeed, you made a really wise decision!
That’s how I felt a few minutes ago…just sitting in on a few passages from SAN, the piece the company will perform here Friday and Saturday. Setting: Dancers tired from a day at Acoma, just arrived from France day before yesterday so jet lag is lurking, they’re in their warm-up clothes, it is not glamorous. And then a little of the music (Sufi music!) and they start going through some of the moves. Oh yeah…that’s why we wanted them to come. It is pure pleasure to watch them move and act silly and get serious and practice and prepare. Every dancer in this company is so very accomplished, has such presence. Also it is quite amazing to see people with such different body types incorporate that unique “Vincent” movement and spirit into their own dance personas.
I saw SAN on stage in Johannesburg at Dance Umbrella last spring and thought it fine and beautiful and was so happy I had made a commitment to invite the artists here to Albuquerque. But you know…the months since…is it really as good as I remember I wonder? As good as all of Vincent’s other remarkable work?
WELL YES. IT IS. I am so excited that this is happening. I am so looking forward to Friday and Saturday nights. SAN IS BEAUTIFUL.