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Dance, Sand Mandala of the Arts

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The performing arts have an energy born of the instant, born of the dynamism between artist and audience on any given night. Yes, their ephemeral quality invests them with urgency and tension, because the art work is happening in real time right before your eyes.

For a variety of reasons, I would argue that dance stands apart as the most dependent on the ephemeral for its distinct beauty and impact. Dance is art of the ephemeral, beauty that must be seized in an instant, and that is precisely part of its genius and its unique place among the arts.

Click here to read the full text of our latest article from The Muse Dialogue, “Dance, Sand Mandala of the Arts.“

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