“Dear Light Along The Way To Nothingness” ~ Robert Dekkers, Vanessa Thiessen & Christian Squires

My daughter and I had the opportunity to attend Movemedia this past weekend at the ballet. She loved it as always and enjoyed watching a number of her instructors perform. Her favorite piece was the last of the three, entitled In Frame.

My experience of the production is best described though from the behind the scenes experience as a volunteer.  Arriving early I was able to see the smiles on two students faces as the dancers arrived for their stage call.  One of the male dancers in particular had just been involved in these students growth as dancers, both as an instructor and through the process of critique.  He stopped to say hello and it brought bright big smiles, now that they could officially “know” him.  The giggles from these girls last week though…Cassidy arrived shortly after which these two were most excited about watching dance of course.

As a boutique volunteer we were selling original artwork from the piece, In Frame.  That artwork was artistic imagery in the production, graphically incorporated on the floor.  I’m not usually moved by artwork but seeing it come to life in the production was unique.  The seasons of life, it was beautiful.

My favorite was the first piece of the three entitled, Dear Light Along the Way to Nothingness.  It was certainly the most abstract piece in the production and leaves the viewers with their own interpretations of its meaning.  The photo above is an image of the piece, about a third of the way in to the performance. Serving wine to the costume designer and later in the evening to the choreographer, I immediately knew this is deeply personal to them.  A piece of art that for me, seems to transcend this earth from the costuming, the movement, everything about it speaks from the soul.  But the ending resonated with me the most.  One dancer in the dark, strikes the floor and graphic cracks of light radiate from his finger tips across the stage.  The end.

For me, this is exactly what they were saying.

You are going to meet people who are intimidated by you.  You’re different.  People don’t know how to react or how to accept someone who doesn’t follow the crowd…They are not used to someone who doesn’t try to fit in — So instead of bolstering your uniqueness, they’ll try and make you feel like you’re weird or damaged.  I’m here to offer some well earned advice…Screw them.

I have to imagine this is how Jesus felt when he walked this earth too.  Now peeps, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t say screw them but you get the point.

All I know is safe in the arms of love.  My devotion today, titled Open Arms.

Loved By Grace,