by Robert Wilkinson
Today we celebrate the birthday of an amazing artist and Spiritual force in our world, my dear friend Sally Jacques. Her work is indescribably beautiful and has affected tens of thousands of beings over decades of performances. Her creations are the peak of blending of art, science, and precisely focused movement. These awe inspiring performances combine elegance and style to take us into timeless spaces. Today we have videos of a few of her pieces offering us some fairly breathtaking imagery.
I really said it all last year. 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.
The featured video on the main page is "Impermanence," an amazing piece. Click on the play arrow, then on the box just below to make it full screen. For more of this amazing performance art, here's the direct link to the multi-media library that houses 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." Please check them out if you want to be transported out of the mundane world for a few transcendent minutes. These refresh the Soul.
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 greater dreams of what is, and what could be. Aum Namah Shivaya! Aum Namah Ammachi!
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson