Dear Deborah Hay, January 15, 2005
The Match and Solo Adaptations: Echoes of the Self staking out its vulnerability from deep inside the silence of the Temple.
Vulnerability runs through my self as a participant and observer within your dance. There is no catching or holding any image other than the passing of the moment to moment attention that we share. As audience, we are in a relationship with you to shake loose our limitations that delude us into thinking that we are hiding in some way. Your dancers bring this home over and over that the truth inside is already visible and using your form they have an excuse to be that truth as deeply as they will allow.
Standing in this relationship as audience is a demanding one, to be here with you while we both explore our silences, our screams, our darkest moments. Of course, the demands of performance are no different from being with you daily except that in my daily life I pretend to hide my fear of not having enough commitment, sincerity, etcetera. Actually you are giving me a chance to go ahead and admit that I am vulnerable with you and it’s OK to just be in the silence together.
And as with any journey into our united self, I need the guidance of a person of great discipline and commitment to light the pathway ahead. And on this earth, I need a form to keep my attention so I keep taking one step at a time. Thank you for dedicating yourself to your unique form that enriches my life every day. Your dance abounds with all that I wish for, clarity, courage, longevity, and willingness. In your dances, I am inspired to step into the lightning of my self where laughter and tears flow as one.
God bless and thank you and your elegant dancers,