About the Work
Artist’s Statement: Near and Far
I’ve always loved the poem “Meaning” by Czeslaw Milosz, because it serves as a rationale for why we humans always have and always will make art. As I watched this new dance for Groundworks unfold, I realized I was exploring broad concepts: meaning and our urge for explanation; the many aspects of living we try to control and the inexorable forces that shape us anyway; our unceasing willfulness within a vast, revolving universe. Effort always moves me; I hope it will move you too.
– Kate Weare
Here’s the poem to enjoy:
When I die, I will see the lining of the world.
The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset,
The true meaning, ready to be decoded,
What never added up will add up,
What was incomprehensible will be comprehended.
And if there is no lining to the world?
If a thrush on a branch is not a sign,
But just a thrush on a branch?
If night and day make no sense following each other?
And on this earth there is nothing except this earth?
Even if that is so, there will remain
A word wakened by lips that perish,
A tireless messenger who runs and runs
Through interstellar fields, through the revolving galaxies,
And calls out, protests, screams.
– Czeslaw Milosz
Kate Weare is recognized as a preeminent American choreographer whose dances are lucid, layered and visually sophisticated yet speak with emotional clarity to a broad swath of viewership. Raised by a painter and a printmaker in Oakland, California, Weare draws on visual art sources, language, poetry, contemporary music, psychology and nature in her work.