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Art should make us think

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 07 November 2012

I read with much interest the review of the LIME NIFCA Performing Arts Dance Finals, entitled Society’s Mirror, and written by John Sealy in the last SUNDAY SUN. Criticizing the “dark narratives” of some of the pieces, the author should have noted that art really imitates life. Perhaps some of the messages in public service announcements and in the print media, so often ignored, may hit home through the performing arts. Of note in Mr Sealy’s review are his comments on Her-Story, choreographed by Aisha Comissiong, and No, I Am Not OK – both performed by Dancin’ Africa. The author questioned the lack of an answer and solution, respectively. Art should make us think, reach inside ourselves for the answers. These answers will not be the same for everyone, as each person’s situation and perspective will be different. I congratulate the choreographers and dancers for eliciting deep thought and emotion through their performances. It speaks to the ability of artists to incorporate entertainment and education. Well done!

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