Monday, May 18, 2015

United Solo Theatre Festival has accepted Letters to Zoey!

World Premiere will be Saturday, October 17 at 2 PM at Theatre Row.  
Tickets will be available soon.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Release, Broken Stone

Announcing the release of my new collection of poems, Broken Open

 This collection contains 56 poems most of which were composed over the past 18 months.  There are three older poems, one going back to 2002.  The collection is predominantly sonnets and a few variations of curtal sonnets. Included in the collection are a few freer forms and a ballad I composed on the folk hero of San Francisco, Emperor Norton.  There are a number of homages to various poets who have inspired me through the years and continue to inspire me.  There is also a couple of poems that interweave the scholarly thought of John Rawls whose work has intrigued me of late and whom I hope to study more intensely in the years to come.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Video Trailer for my musical, Letters to Zoey

This weekend, the new video trailer for my musical debuted at the Henley Flow Independent Arts Festival at Henley-on-Thames!  Thanks to everyone involved in the festival for presenting my work!!  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Henley Flow Independent Arts Festival

If you find yourself walking along the Thames this Saturday, watching the swans gracefully glide over the glassy water, make sure you stroll up to Henley-upon-Thames and check out this festival.  They have a fantastic line-up.  They are debuting the trailer for my musical, Letters to Zoey, too.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Sensible Proposal

The role that the performance arts provides for society is becoming increasingly important.
It is vital for our sense of humanity.    
Our sense of ourselves is stimulated through the life we share together.  

We need to gather for collective experience.  
We need to assemble into theaters, performance halls and auditoriums and share experiences together.  
We need to enjoy the comforting touch and the rapturous release in the beauty of expression.  
We need to squirm in our seats to probe the emotional and social reality of our lives as it dramatically unfolds upon the stage.  
We need to feel the elation of laughing together at comedies.  
We need to see the grace and beauty in the fluent movement of dancers as they press the limits of the dynamic and kinetic potential of our bodies and extend the range of touch to quicken our senses.  
We need to rush through the surges of music together, tethered along threads of melodies with lyrics weaving into plush fabrics stretched taut upon the rhythmic drums we bound along together.  

New technologies continue to develop in directions that often lead us away from ourselves.  There is no fault in electronic media as it opens new dimensions of reality that are broadening our lives in ways our predecessors may have never thought possible.  But the performing arts, the living arts, can help us balance our extending realities with a grounding in our palpable, physical being.  This balance will allow us to continue broadening our horizons, while enabling us to retain and to continue enriching a sense of the life we share together.  

Someday we may become our machines, but as for now, we remain organic beings and there are far more variables and necessities to our physical nature than what can be produced and addressed synthetically.  Technology will continue to broaden what we may think.  But the living arts will always provide us with what we may feel and know.  

This is more than a dichotomy between the rational and emotional.  Emotion is the foundation of our cognition; rationality is simply an elaborate construction from this foundation.  Ultimately, our most sophisticated and abstruse explanations are means by which we perceive the world, and this sense, as all sense, is intrinsically linked with how we feel.  

Garrett Buhl Robinson