by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of a truly amazing artist and Spiritual force majure in our world, my dear friend Sally Jacques. Her work is indescribable in how it has affected tens of thousands of beings over many decades. Her creations are the pinnacle of blending of art, science, and timeless cultural excellence, combining elegance and style in movement, imagery, and awe inspiring performances. Today we have some videos of a few of her pieces offering us some fairly breathtaking imagery.
Sally is a woman of deep compassion, intensity, integrity, and devotion to all that is good, or could be good, in our world. She is based in Austin, Texas, and for those of you lucky enough to be able to attend any of her works, you will find yourself transformed forever by some of the most memorable and graceful performance art one could ever behold. Given that she also has an extraordinary wit and wisdom, I am pleased to be able to call her my friend and Spiritual Sister.
Her performance company is called Blue Lapis Light, self described as "site specific aerial dance." The Austin Chronicle has written "Sally Jacques' work inspires a kind of wonder that connects us to the grandeur of creation." When you've witnessed multiple performers doing aerial ballet many feet above the ground, bathed in surrealistic lights, doing even more surreal movements perfectly coordinated in unique forms, you know you're in the presence of true artistic genius.
Here's the link to some videos of the magnificent work of this equally magnificent artist and the Blue Lapis Light performing company. The names of these clips say it all: "Illumination," "Constellation," "Requiem," "Angels in our Midst," "Whispers of Heaven," and "Where Nothing Falls II."
The amazing thing about these performances is they are not done in usual venues, but instead on very improbable multi-story structures where the intention of creating beauty and peace through culture are imposed on buildings that house thought forms that are usually NOT "peace through culture." She brings the elegance of high art to spaces where there previously was none, and transforms dull shells of buildings into venues of timeless art and culture.
Happy Birthday, Sally. May your work inspire the world to imagine things that most only dream of. Aum Namah Shivaya! Aum Namah Ammachi!
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson