Wabi Sabi Enchants Again

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I was able to attend an earlier performance by Wabi Sabi when the dancers performed “Trip the Light Fantastic” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Thursday, June 18, in conjunction with this year’s artistic installation by Bruce Monro, “Light in the Garden.” Wabi Sabi is always an exciting dance experience, because the choreography is usually new and by emerging choreographers, and the dancers are close to the audience, which offers unique opportunities for audience-dancer interaction.

The program for this performance was particularly intriguing. There was some question about where the actual performances would take place, due to some typical Atlanta summer showers just before and during the concert. I actually thought the flighty Atlanta weather worked to the benefit of the choreography.

The evening began with the audience milling about on the sidewalk just past the Rose Garden, waiting to hear where the first piece would be performed. After a brief delay, it was announced that Heath Gill’s “Idyll” would be outside, on the Great Lawn, as planned. In fact, it was created for the corner of the Lawn nearest the Rose Garden, with the big Live Oak tree, and used the environment delightfully.

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