Recently, my daughter, the choreographer, created a piece the title above.
She presented it at “Dance Conversations 2012” At the Flea this week.
I have mentioned my daughter’s company before and for those who are not aware, the company, Movement of the People Dance company, combine Contemporary, Dance Theatre, and world dance traditions, including that of the African Diaspora, to visually address various sociopolitical events in our world.
Her concept for this piece came long before the recent tragedy here in the states, the untimely death of a young 17-year-old African American male at the hand of a so-called vigilante.
The secondary definition of apartheid is, according to merriamwebster.com, ” separation, segregation”.
My daughter created this piece to examine the deep-set separation that occurs within all peoples. The unconscious separation that is influenced by past experiences, unfounded judgments, lack of education, limited/narrow education et al.
I saw the piece for the first time and I was moved.
Her approach was to incorporate light (attached to the dancers) and shadows to illuminate her point. The movements were a variety of connections, rejections, separation then leading to acknowledgement and possible acceptance.
I applaud her for taking on another valiant feat.
As usual I watch audience reaction so we can discuss post performance and in this venue there was a moderated question and answer segment.
At the onset, a friend who attended asked what the piece was about, my response was “think about the title”.
During the question and answer segment the name of the piece was never mentioned, although my daughter did an excellent job in her description of the motivation for her creation.
My point in this recounting, acknowledgement and conversation are essential in-order to affect change. Skirting around issues does not make them disappear; they fester creating fear, distrust and even worst.
Well, recent blog posts (The Devotea), and Jackie’s post to the teatra.de forum asking the question “Do you feel intimidated by those who know more about tea than you?“. The post and question motivated by recent occurrences at a tea hang-out.
Personally, I’m glad the conversation is happening. I have sat in on several of these hangouts and for the most part I find them informative and controversially stimulating. I am not yet quite comfortable enough to state an opinion on anything, still in “the observation” mode. I fear The Devotea will not let this state of affairs go on much longer.
I will attempt to use the definition of apartheid loosely here with the posing of this question “Are we in the tea world creating an teapartheid?” Are we using our personal preferences and places in the world of tea as a system of separation?
My understanding of tea is one plant. Anything else is not tea. There are many variations of the leaf based on terrior and processes not based on species.
Bottom line, let’s embrace the instruction of the leaf, we are people who enjoy tea, the level of our involvement, like each brew in our cup, is a personal choice.
We could apply this in our daily lives as well.
Being ever cognizant of our human shortcomings and without judgment.
If I sound like a broken record?