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The Absolute Grand FINAL End of Global DanceFest

How often does something end at just the right moment in time—something I’ve said in a few blogs now. Still it’s amazing enough to say a few times. And what a lovely time it was. I will miss my dance friends but new adventures await. Here, to bring you up-to-date, is the month of October in photo albums.

THOSE LAST PERFECT DAYS OF GDF.

MOSES(ES)

MOSES(ES)

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BOYZIE, MARJ, REGGIE, PANAIBRA…POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE ARTISTS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

Amelia Leopoldina Socovinho/Maputo

Amelia Leopoldina Socovinho

Maria Domingos Tembe, Maputo

Maria Domingos Tembe

Reggie Wilson's birthday party & special gift, a wood carving from Old Town.

Reggie Wilson’s birthday party & special gift, a wood carving from Old Town.

Reggie and company leaving town.

Reggie and company leaving town.

Boyzie and Teresa in the Bosque.

Boyzie and Teresa in the Bosque.

Bryn and Panaibra at Balloon Fiesta.

Bryn and Panaibra at Balloon Fiesta.

Val and Teresa.

Val and Teresa.

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Cathy and Panaibra.

Cathy and Panaibra.

Boyzie and Panaibra. THE END.

Boyzie and Panaibra.
THE END.

 

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REGGIE WILSON IS IN THE BUILDING

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Susanna, Yeman, Raja and REGGIE.

Well, it’s here—the beginning of the end of Global DanceFest. Ever since I made the decision to bring this ever-exciting, always-engaging program to a close I have felt very good and sure of my decision. “It’s time,” I’ve said often. “Yes, I am through…ready to move on to my next life project.” “No regrets.” And on and on and on.

So now the time has come. And, while I still feel the decision was right, and while I’m still ready, I must admit to some pangs of regret!

As Susanna and I sat waiting at the airport, I said happily, “Hey, this is next to our last airport pickup for Global DanceFest.” Then the artists came through the revolving doors and it struck me what good friends and fascinating artists and lovely human beings they are…and they won’t be coming back…and I wasn’t quite so happy.

As the evening went on, sharing a meal, driving some errands, my sense of the rightness of my decision didn’t go away but I found a certain sadness was occupying my senses in equal proportion.

Now it’s the next day; the artists are in the theater rehearsing and I’m getting ready to clean the theater refrigerator so tomorrow it will be all ready for reception food. There is no hotel near our theater so we drive back and forth often which is usually the task we find most tiresome. NOW however, for me, every action has a feeling of poignancy about it. DAMN. I’ve been looking forward to both the artists and performance and THE END. At this very moment, in my heart, the latter seems to have arrived a little too soon.

Day Before the Dancing BEGINS

Our Global DanceFest artists begin arriving tomorrow. Reggie Wilson and company first, then on Friday, Panaibra Gabriel Canda, Boyzie Cekwana and dancers. It is all quite exciting—just hope I don’t start regretting my decision to stop producing dance after this amazing splendiferous perfect couple of weeks!

Meanwhile my morning walk was cool and energizing. Rained again last night and the damp green of New Mexico right now is quite eye-opening—as in where am I? 

Soon I’ll move indoors to walk evenings on the gym treadmill with a book in front of me. Get more reading done but I still won’t feel as healthy.

Sparkly cold morning stream.

Sparkly cold morning stream.

Pay attention to my sign, he/she says.

Pay attention to my sign, he/she says.

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