Can Art Help A Nation Heal by DeNeen Brown in The Washington Post
August 28th, 2011
On Friday August 26th The Washington Post published an article about a few of the projects included in the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts’ 9/11 Arts Project, including Bettmann Dances’ Quis Custodiet.
From the Washington Post:
At Woolly Mammoth Theatre on Friday, Robert Bettmann, artistic director of Bettmann Dances, presents a powerful performance he choreographed and calls “Quis Custodiet,” which refers to the Latin phrase “Quis Custodiet Ipsus Custodet,” meaning “Who Shall Watch the Watchers Themselves?” Bettmann hopes to create a conversation about “what security means to us and how we pursue it.”
The dance, in three sections, starts with a retelling of the Adam and Eve story, comparing Eve to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and examining the question of too much information made public can be dangerous. At a rehearsal in Takoma Park, Bettmann watched as dancers practiced — soaring, twirling and trying to translate into dance the fragile concept of security.
“I want the audience to leave feeling empowered,” Bettman says. “I am not trying to moralize one way or the other. I don’t understand how terrible things happen. As an artist, it’s easy to describe a problem. It is harder to suggest a solution.”
To read the entire story, click here. Image in the article of the company and in this post by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post.