Wabi Sabi is a word that comes from Japanese culture. It lives in the idea of finding beauty within the environment that surrounds us. Wabi Sabi believes in the beauty of what is not perfect; those asymetrical anonmalies that bring out the unique and makes things special in their own way. It embraces the constant change in us and around us, but most of all Wabi Sabi is about keeping things simple.
The idea of this company stemmed from long summers where I didn’t have the opportunity to dance in Atlanta. I knew we had all the right ingredients to make it happen, it was just a matter of doing it in a sustainable way that would allow for Wabi Sabi to perform annually. And then the concept of bringing a more accesible dance to the public free of charge came about. The idea that we needed to create a repertory then followed, which would allow for dance to be performed in public spaces, and what a great way to bring opportunity to young up-and-coming choreographers to create on the world class dancers of the Atlanta Ballet! As well as being able to perform dance in a more intimate and accessible way that could reach new audiences.
I’m excited about “Power to Give,” because all the donations from this, no matter how big or small the contribution, will go towards the creation of world class dance to be performed at two of Atlanta’s most popular parks; Piedmont and Centennial Olympic Park. Our long-term goal and desire is to make this an annual event that the public can count on from year to year. This public park series lays at the core of what we want Wabi Sabi to be now and into the future: inspiring people so we may carry on Atlanta’s rich cultural heritage.