Trust trust trust!

There are many forms of trust in relationships. Perhaps the most fundamental is the trust between parent and child. Between siblings?  (maybe on shaky ground here.)  Between teachers and students, coach and athlete, guru and disciple, religious leader and congregation, doctor and patient, electorate and representative, etc, etc.  Our world functions on these bonds. After watching the development of Doug Elkins’ new work, Kintsugi, I want to acknowledge the importance of trust between patron and artist in bringing this new work to life.

“Don’t be afraid to go with your gut. It’s there for a reason, and it’s usually right.” Anonymous

I have known Doug Elkins for many years over several residencies with SUMMERDANCE.  I was able to invite him to participate in a DANCEworks residency because of the trust between us. I made the invitation spontaneously as we were having lunch together.  A small voice within me just told me to inquire if this residency might be right for him.  It felt right to me! Without any hesitation, he said yes.  I intuitively trusted that the best interests of both of us were in alignment. I would do my best to deliver what he needed for a successful residency and he would do his best to make a new work that would not only be an expression of his artistic interests but would also enhance our reputation as a great environment for the gestation of new work.

Now, the work is almost ready for it’s premiere on September 7 & 8, 2018 .  Hundreds of hours of rehearsal and preparation have brought us to this moment.

The process of creation is rich and satisfying for me to watch.  The dancers’ eagerness and excitement to participate in the choreographic process to bring Elkins’ dreams to reality is a profound example of trust, one for the other.  It’s beautiful. Trust among the dancers is essential and obvious.

In a world where we seem to be watching the dissolution of trust, this DANCEworks residency has provided an antidote for me and I hope for others.  It represents the best that we are capable of when working together.   I had no need to ask Doug what he might have in mind for this residency.  I knew to trust his hard earned wisdom, his keen intellect, his curiosity and of course his abundant talent. The new work would naturally follow.  It has.  The trust has been justified.

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” 
― Thomas Merton,No Man Is an Island


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