when i was 20 i was an award-winning stage actress, aspiring international model and a lithe young dancer.
but when it came down to it, i chose peoplecare, in the form of motherhood.
i made a brief, unremarkable return to the stage when i was a single-mother-of-two-little-boys-by-two-different-dads…as a “chorus” dancer. when we went into the theatre for our first dress rehearsal i cried to be standing in the wings again.
the theatre has always called me. loudly.
my body has always wanted to move, express. i am not one for whom “dance like nobody’s watching” is inspiration…i have the performance gene, i prefer an audience.
my training in Mi Lee, an ancient form of movement meditation has been the perfect x-spot, the eye of the needle through which peoplecare and arts/entertainment merge into one practice.
when i was done that ‘sewing project’, evolutionary movement, a movement modality designed to bring radical self awareness, deep healing and to facilitate authentic self expression, was the result.
it has yet to be shared with the people for whom it is intended.
i am a sucker for performance. no wonder costumes and The Regalia Project are such a joy for me…it’s all about making life your stage.
and yet here i am, feeling a kind of crossroads has come again, choose arts and entertainment OR peoplecare.
i choose both this time.
i can do both at once.
i think that’s what theatre’s highest form IS: peoplecare.
inspiring us to be all we can be. the word THEATRE stems from enomological roots meaning “to behold”…but THEOS also means “god”.
if theatre, arts, entertainment can be about beholding god, inspiring us to embody the divine, and performing can be the opportunity to embody the divine for others to behold…it will also be peoplecare.
and if peoplecare principles can be infused into choreography, rehearsing, costuming, performance, audience care, marketing and the other aspects of arts and entertainment, it will help bring heaven to earth.
on with the show 😉