Living on the Divine Fringe – “Unveiling the Seasons”

If you are a creative person you will understand the process that goes into creating a piece of art work. Whether it is a photograph, a painting, a piece of music or a dance performance it is the hours of work to reach the final product that remain unseen. Creation begins with an idea, one that is picked apart, moulded and toiled over and quite often ends up far from its original shape. It is the journey to the final completed piece that requires the most dedication and focus. Many a grand idea has stayed just that, an idea never to see the light of day or reach an audience. There is no instant gratification, you wear your heart on your sleeve as you bring your hard work into view to be scrutinised and judged. Sometimes it is a long process, a tiring process, an emotional process, an expensive process. But for the artist there is no option, they have to create.

 A show is only as good as the sum of its parts, the idea cannot survive without a director, who needs the choreographers, the choreographers cannot survive without the music and the dancers, who cannot put on a show without the technical and back stage assistants and a show is not a show without an audience.

 This year as Divine Elements Belly Dance Co wraps up our 4th Fringe season I feel a sense of pride and respect for my whole team. Nowhere near the end of my creative journey I am highly aware of those experiences that bring significant change to my artistic path, “Unveiling the Seasons” has been one of those experiences. I also feel blessed to be a part of such a supportive studio where we can learn and teach such a beautiful and diverse art form and each be encouraged to take our own journey into dance and creativity.

 “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
by Albert Camus

 By Regan “Rania” Gardner

Photo: Back Row – Lady in Black Lisa Tuddenham, Lighting and Sound Pete Stephens, Photography Simon Ankor, Projection Artist Sari Yong
Middle Row – “Jesenia” Jessica Rogers as Summer, Stage Manager Meg Stephens, “Rania” Regan Gardner as Winter
Front Row – “Leila” Lisa Marlin as Spring, “Sarafina” Sarah Tucker as Innocence and Sarah Maeer Johnson as Autumn

Unveiling the Seasons Cast and Crew