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Re:  The People’s Theater presentation of Modigliani in Santa Monica

“Shaking up Passion” by Casey Wood

The I Ching says that the artist is responsible for creating the directional signposts that lead a culture to its next evolutionary destination.  Such a monumental potential resting in those brushes and pens!  Leading a cultural movement most assuredly first requires that the culture be shaken up and shocked into noticing that the art even exists.

Modigliani’s passionate rebellion of soul definitely shook up his neighborhood (both banks!) but later the younger artists were experimenting with hashish and absinthe to try to emulate what they perceived to be his creative source.  Mostly the alcohol and drugs just ate up creative energies that might have been brought to birth or fruition.  But still Modigliani’s passion did make its way into history and a stream of upheaval did follow his life.  He did make some kind of difference.  And his life did trigger and ignite the passion of others who wrote of him and strove to find his level of passion.

In the aquarian reality of our 21st century everything is so transient, already the culture and the artists are shaking things up on so many levels – its sometimes difficult to find a way to be radical.  Finding your own way to make a difference and your own way to be radically passionate is a sacred calling.

Aquarius energy is very non-personal yet intimate in its communication – deeply passionate for change.  Our new arrival in the Age of Aquarius forces us to do what we know and find like minds to do it with or at the very least radically shake up anyone who thinks they’ve got stability.  Aquarian reality must include community and specifically the heart of the community.  The values and creativity of the 21st century will be well suited for theater and film, musical groups, and intangible forms of expression.  We want to experience the NEW.  We want to feel something change inside ourselves, and we’d like to share that experience with others.

It’s good to find your own passion so that you don’t accidentally become the community’s shadow.  It seems to me that Modigliani became the expression of the shadow of the Parisian arts in 1916.  Monet was building Giverny, Picasso was commercially viable and Modigliani showed up on the other side of town and the tracks.  He exposed the underbelly of the artist’s passion.  The raw uncensored, un – ”successful” deep dive into a conscious exploration of the depths of scorpionic black, sexual, decadent reality.  A pool every artist knows is there but each must work to keep their eyes open while they swim.  Few come up for air and go down again.  And even fewer tell or show the journey in a way that moves the culture to change.  It’s a dicey territory but someone always does it.  Every era has its deep divers.

Once when I was uncontrollably diving into that black pool a friend of mine gently took my head in his hands and said, “don’t go there, its animated!”  It was my first clue that I could choose whether or not I went all the way into the darkness.  What a revelation!  Choice.

Modigliani strikes me as one who never knew he had choice but rather was compelled to play the cards in his deck one after another into oblivion.  A compulsive outplaying of cultural shadow material.

Dana wants to find the deep dive, locate its edge and surf that edge into a public production.  I salute that passionate drive that takes us all into new territory of the heart so that we can all feel deeper, and broader and more fully what has meaning in our lives.

Each production of The Peoples Theater strives to take the cast on an emotional adventure of consciousness into personally uncharted territories of the Self so that what we experience together opens a potential for the audience to taste the adventure.  We want more heart and more soul to be visible – tangible in the room.

The Peoples Theater gives a group of folks the buzz of creating together and gives you (as the community) the experience of sharing that with us.  Thanks for joining us in the exploration.  We hope you’ll find your passion and express it thoroughly.

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