October 23rd, 2006 06:11 EST
Artist As Art
The human body… the human being… is capable of such magnificently amazing feats of beauty through its dexterity, agility, endurance, poise, grace. With proper discipline.
But we need to be reminded, and challenged, now and then.
Of who we are, what we can do. We Humans really are capable of greatness— wonderful and wondrous accomplishments.
It is easy to forget or overlook this point of how remarkable and beautiful we really are, or can be.
The typical ordinariness in the routines and responsibilities of our lives tends to obscure and conceal the extraordinary aspects of the world, of ourselves. Tribulation can distract and detract from pleasantness.
So it is important that we be reminded of the awesome capacity (emphasis on AWE) within humanity, in all its diverse variety of cultures.
It is beneficial to acknowledge and experience the beauties available within other cultures, beyond our own, because it allows us a greater appreciation and understanding of each other, of our humanity. And an excellent way to achieve this catharsis, this cultural communion, is through the performance arts of different and foreign cultures. Engaging them either as spectator or performer, or even both. All under the guise of entertainment.
Some prime examples of human splendor are beautifully demonstrated by the Celtic dancers of River Dance, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, Cirque du Soleil, Poi artisans, and magician David Blaine.
Witness and cherish the marvel that is Mankind. http://www.riverdance.com/htm/multimedia/index.htm