Yearning for Catharsis: The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

When we get caught up in evaluating performance, life, and art, become uninspired. How do we refresh our vision? I found my seat in the darkened room. A soundless film was projected upon the bare wall and musicians waited in the darkness at the sides of the space. Soon, low electronic sounds began to enter … Continue reading Yearning for Catharsis: The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

Literary and Theatrical Magic: Suspension of Disbelief and Resilience

We all spend time with illusions: books, movies, television, theatre. Does the ability to suspend disbelief contribute to human resilience? In the theatre we often speak of the suspension of disbelief, the willingness to temporarily accept an illusion as truth. The term was coined in 1817 by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was actually speaking … Continue reading Literary and Theatrical Magic: Suspension of Disbelief and Resilience

Through the Dream of a Child: Brent Bonacorso’s West of the Moon

There is pain and struggle in life that is universal. How can art help us to approach these things differently? Brent Bonacorso has directed videos for Elton John (Home Again) and Katy Perry (Unconditionally) as well as numerous commercials. Technically stunning and innovative, as well as emotionally charged, his signature style is filled with striking images, bright and dreamy, … Continue reading Through the Dream of a Child: Brent Bonacorso’s West of the Moon

Body in Motion: Climber Natalija Gros in Le Tango Vertical

The human body is capable of impressive feats. Is there an artistic and creative element present in athletic accomplishment? When Natalija Gros retired from competitive rock climbing in 2012, she was recognized as one of the finest climbers in the world. The Slovenian athlete made it to the World Cup podium an astonishing 23 times … Continue reading Body in Motion: Climber Natalija Gros in Le Tango Vertical

A Tale of Two Conchitas: Reflections on That Obscure Object of Desire

Why do we frequently make judgements on others based upon their appearance and manner without taking into account their actions? If you are familiar with Luis Buñuel's 1977 film masterpiece That Obscure Object of Desire, you know that the film is unusual because two actresses play the same part, that of the heroine Conchita, a … Continue reading A Tale of Two Conchitas: Reflections on That Obscure Object of Desire

A New Image of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

Critics often praise pessimism over optimism. What if portraying the unconventional and exceptional helps create a kinder world? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNcs9DrKYRU Video via MOVIECLIPS Classic Trailers on YouTube. Lars Lindstrom is twenty-seven years old, withdrawn and incommunicative. He's only able to function because of the politeness and reserved nature of his hometown, which lies somewhere in the northern portion of the American Midwest. … Continue reading A New Image of Community: Lars and the Real Girl