Out for drinks with some friends the other night, we decided to play the infamous “someone suggests a word and then you have to draw it on a napkin with your eyes closed” game.  I was given ballerina and after two hearty glasses of malbec, those napkin swiggles up there^ were all I could muster.  I laughed loudly enough for our waitress to shoot me an(other) annoyed look and the game moved on.  Little did I know, my artist boyfriend snuck the crumpled concoction into his pocket for safe keeping.  Apparently he saw more of a masterpiece than I did, because weeks later he pulled it out to show me, eyes beaming with pride that his girlfriend had produced something so transcendent.

Okay, so maybe transcendent is a taaad bit of an overstatement, but Kevin’s excitement over my blind drawing reminded me that sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to recognize beauty.  Some things are a big old mess up close, but when you take a step back and look with a fresh eye, a hidden brilliance opens up to perception.

In a way that’s how working on a Plotnikov ballet can feel; At first the complicated movements and intertwining lifts can feel overwhelming and messy, but when you get onstage and the space opens up, the big picture just shines through.  I can’t wait to get this show to the theater in 12 short days!  If you are in the Rhode Island area, grab your tickets here.

10 thoughts on “perception

  1. This reminded me of a conversation from the movie “Clueless.”

    Tai: [referring to Amber] Do you think she’s pretty?
    Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
    Tai: What’s a Monet?
    Cher: It’s like the painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess. Let’s ask a guy. Christian, what do you think of Amber?
    Christian: Hagsville.
    Cher: See?

    Full on Monet – there you go.

    • Thanks so much!! I’ll have to look into having one made by the aforementioned artist boyfriend ;)

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