splendor, glory, majesty, nobility, pomp, state, magnificence, sumptuousness, sublimity, stateliness, grandeur, majesty, dignity, royalty, stateliness .....power of women, acceptance and striving, yearning and craving, all in stillness.
Jacqulyn Buglisi's work returned to Santa Barbara, wounded by the wildfire and mudslide, at such an appropriate time - as if the role of her work was providing the community with a safe and comforting place where transcending the sadness into beauty is possible.
Given that her "Table of Silence" was performed in Santa Barbara for the memorial of IV tragedy, and returned in this difficult time of natural disaster, it seemed natural to connect her pieces with the situation they took place.
Of course, with Gabriel Faure's Requiem, the movement's "lavishly colored sadness" was far apart from the wound of the brutally devastated community. However, it truly aroused awe, with its greek-statue-like glamorous postures, extravagant gestures in waving capes, surrealistically foggy light - most splendid was, all these visual grandeur remained in stillness.
“Requiem”, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Hatlen Theater (1/17-21, 2018)
Photo: (c) Kristin Lodoen Linder (link above and through the picture)