Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in this age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we offer this new series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.
People who know how much I travel were contacting me when it was breaking and asking, “Where are you? Are you safe?” That was the first layer. The second layer was hearing from artists close to Core Dance from Israel and France, and hearing about that wave and what they were going through. That’s when I realized this was a serious thing.
We were still in the studio working on Manifolds [originally scheduled to be performed outdoors at Agnes Scott College [March 20–21]. At first, everyone said, “We have to continue to make art and we can’t do anything about this.” Then as the restrictions began, we started to look at contingencies. When we shut down, we kept our artists on salary so they were secure. We’re supposed to go to the Czech Republic in May. We’re not canceling it yet, but the borders might not be open by then.
We’ve been talking about the recalibration of the planet. This is it. This virus is hitting everyone. It’s equitable in hitting all layers of society and affecting all areas of our infrastructure. That’s the recalibration. Things as we know it will not be the same. Right now, people are scurrying around and there’s a lot of chatter. That has to die down before people will know what will happen. Right now, it’s like a snow day. We’ve yet to see the full impact.
The longing for human contact is where art will come in. People are starving for human connection and the arts will be part of that response. There was a huge fallout from 9/11. Like then, the creation of art will be important.
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