When the year started I didn't know what to expect. And I certainly didn't anticipate that I would be starting a company called Amiche. I love making connections. Bringing together things that might not find themselves together. And working with Lara has been a joyous connection of taking two different ways of creating and then seeing what happens when we join forces and passions.
We are in the midst of developing our next piece, an adaptation of Song of Songs, an ancient love poem found in the Bible. The theme that keeps emerging is the search for the one you love. Honestly the piece scares me at times. I am no expert on love. But the theme that runs through the poem, the searching for love, this I believe is something we can all understand. I think no matter how good or bad our relationships have been, or are, we all understand what it means to search for love and desire it.
There is a celebratory theme running throughout the poem. Struggle and uncertainty and the ups and downs of love, yes, but also celebration and passion. I think of the times we feel joy and celebrate. Each of us has specific moments in our lives when we felt this. And sometimes in my creating and acting I forget the celebratory aspects. The ordinary beautiful moments of creation that come along the way.
Song of Songs talks about the things that destroy the couple's love or the the things that have the potential to destroy it. And it's little things. Not necessarily something big that can eat away at their relationship.
I think of the things that diminish my passion and love for acting. It's not huge tragic moments that are often the cause of frustration. It's small things that build over time. Jealousy of other actors, frustration at a series of rejections, discouragement at trying to balance creating with making money etc.
What strikes me about the poetry is that there is an honesty about how they feel without playing games. I read one reflection on the women in the piece as a comparison to Shakespeare's Juliet. Another woman who is passionate and bold but carries with her a fresh honesty about life and love.
Exploring this poem is the reminder to me to watch out for the things that would destroy the good and lovely things in our lives. But also to celebrate the beautiful with passion and zeal. The reminder that love is a powerful thing and worth searching after even in the ordinary moments of our lives.
"I will search for the one my heart loves...
Place me like a seal over your heart,like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned."
Song of Songs