This weekend I traveled to the Greenwich area of London to see a dance performance at Trinity Laban. A fellow Fulbrighter and highly accomplished Dance choreographer named Roman Baca was presenting his work relating to the use of dance as therapy for war veterans. It was at this event that we were supposed to also meet U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, but she cancelled her trip due to the U.S. government shutdown. Roman’s work was really moving, he very thoughtfully used five dancers to interpret aspects of war and used music that had been inspired by war trauma.
Greenwich is a really beautiful part of the city…(though I haven’t seen an unattractive part of the city yet either) It is the home of one of the last tea clipper ships to be built and it sits prominently in the middle of town in the water.
Greenwich is also where the Queen’s vacation/party castle was built which included the beautiful staircase in the picture above. This image stuck in my head and has been the starting point of some new paintings I am working on. I have been carving out about one hour a day to the creative art making process I talk about so much, but rarely find time to indulge in. And that’s silly, because it’s what I teach…but I am relearning how to focus, think, and create. This is what I want my students to learn how to do – and it’s so important and can be applied to everything. Stop, look/listen/feel, reflect, create. Time and space is so essential for inspiration and creativity. I’m hoping to post my first piece soon.
Greenwich’s Maritime Museum had these wonderful sculptures from the front helms of ships.