“We are living in a pivotal time in history. With the urgency to change our future, we reflect on the past, only to find ourselves losing track of living in the present. Our world is in dire need of healing love and raw truth. Or is it raw love and healing truth? Either way, I believe the answer is Art. We need it now more than ever.
Duende. One's inner creative spirit. The profound energetic force than inspires our art. As Spanish poet Federico García Lorca describes, "Duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: 'The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning, it's not a question of skill, but of a style that's truly alive: meaning, it's in the veins: meaning, it's of the most ancient culture of immediate creation." When we have nothing else, we have duende.
I have had the privilege of exploring the concepts and experiences of duende with the artists I have brought on board for my curation of the Fall '18 Season of Movement Research's Artist of Color Council. Each have a uniqueness and intricacy in their movement as dancers, but it's the deep self-work and spiritual journeys that push their work to another level. Havanna Fisher and Ethan Graham are two young emerging artists, whose learning processes through the years I have had the privilege of being a part of. Kevon Simpson is a seasoned professional, who I have been learning from for years in more ways than one. I have been moved by merely witnessing his transformation and am proud to offer the opportunity for others to witness his reemergence into the dance community as a two-spirit healing artist, whose new work is a blessing for all who have the honor to participate.
Support the works of local artists. Listen to the voices of those who have been silenced for far too long. Witness the beauty of what the human body can do. Reflect on those stories similar to your own and learn from those that are different. Feel the love. Make a difference.” - @ariellerosales #unleashyourduende 📸 @spinkickpictures