The Boulder flood. A state of emergency. Helicopters heard flying overhead. Devastation and destruction fills the streets, homes and towns of the Front Range. It is sad, it is serious and it is right here in our midst. There is little to say or do to make folks forget about their troubles and, frankly, it is challenging to come up with just the right inspirational words.
But now, perhaps more than ever, we are in need of art. Art heals. Art makes us laugh. Art diverts our troubled thoughts, and art takes us away from the immediate suffering these kinds of natural disasters can bring forth. And, so, without diminishing the anguish that many people are feeling, maybe, just maybe, a little dance, theatre or music might lighten your heart, lift your spirits and transport you, albeit temporarily, bringing you a moment of relief, sweet relief.
And, yes, while the audience will hopefully find momentary comfort, let’s give thought to the performers as well. There are many artists who live right here in Colorado. Some have been profoundly affected by the flood, losing belongings, incomes and even possibly their homes. And yet, these artists want to show up, perform their work, and, in their own unique way contribute to the healing process. If we can show up in return, we can support these artists and tell them that their work is not in vain and the many months they have spent creating are worth something. Who knows, maybe everyone has something to gain, even during this time where so much has been lost.
And while there will be many amazing performers coming in from all over the world, Local Fringe Artists, this is dedicated to you: Leslie Merrill and her cast of Front Range Dancers, Gemma Wilcox and her one-woman show, Choreographer Mary Wohl Haan and her collaborator Sabrina Cabins, Theatre Group Blank Canvas Productions, J. Daniel Morrow, Paula Preston, Thomas Christopher LLC, TinHOUSE Dance Theatre/Hoarded Stuff Performance, 5th Circle Productions, Bradley Spann, fat lady productions, Great Eastern Nose, Jim Walker Productions, Language of Fish Arts Collection, Shana Cordon and Oculus Theater, Spoken Life Productions, square product theatre, Astonishing Productions, Mayfield/Goodwin Dances.
So come on in Boulderites. Sit a spell and rest your weary hearts. You just might find inspiration. The arts have been known to work miracles. And we all could use a little faith in miracles right about now. And, as for you Boulder, stay strong.
2013 Boulder International Fringe Festival: September 18-29, 2013
For more information on all the show times and venues visit http://www.boulderfringe.com