Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Thoughts on the Colloquium on Beauty
by Kate St. Amand
Emerson once said:
“Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament.”
The Colloquium on beauty at Yale University was a profound place for me as a choreographer. My company and I were still in the beginning stages of our newest work and I knew that taking part in this event would both raise questions in myself and provide complex thoughts and ideas to use in creating the new piece. The crisp November Saturday in Connecticut did much more than that. What I walked away with that day was a feeling; a mission. I listened acutely to everything that was said. I marveled at the scholars and admired the intricate work of fine artists. I absorbed the day completely and I began to see something totally different in the piece I was making. Something shifted in my perception of not only the piece, but the dancers—fellow human beings—with whom I was making it. What was once “about beauty” was now about something much more.
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