michael j. morris

Openness and Freedom

Last night the OSU Department of Dance presented a Night of Electronic 
Music by local composers Joe Spurlock, Anthony Vine, Benjamin Williams, Robert Lunn, Luis Obregon, and Michael Wall. Their music was presented in collaboration with P.I.E., the Performance Improv Ensemble from the Department of Dance. With a reading by Bebe Miller. It was a lovely evening of sharing original and improvised material, beautifully lit (improvisationally) by Yolanda Royster. Hope you were there.

What I wanted to share with you was Bebe’s contribution, a reading by Edward Abbey. Something about it resonated with the mojo of this season, the saturation of beauty that seems to be everywhere I go these days. I hope you are inspired by it:

“The wind will not stop. Gusts of sand swirl before me, stinging my face. But there is still too much to see and marvel at, the world very much alive in the bright light and wind, exultant with the fever of spring, the delight of morning. Strolling on, it seems to me that the strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in the desert, by the comparative sparsity of the flora and fauna: life not crowded upon life as in other places but scattered abroad in spareness and simplicity, with a generous gift of space for each herb and bush and tree, each stem of grass, so that the living organism stands out bold and brave and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock. The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom [emphasis mine].”
-Edward Abbey


Also, if you’re near the area, I am performing in pieces by Shawn Hove in concert presented by tridaDANCE at the Ritz Theatre this evening in Tiffin, OH. If you’re in the area or interested in making the drive, the info is here

Have a beautiful day.


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i love that. it’s perfect.

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