On September 28th Renée Kurz performed at Jean Miotte’s atelier, a huge white warehouse tucked in the countryside of Provence (South of France). Jean Miotte has a deep friendship with Heart’s Home, for his life and art exemplify the spirit of our movement around the world.
“It was a true experience of surrendering to the gift, of entering and exiting the painting and the heart of Jean Miotte. A heart that knows trial and suffering and heartache and out of a gesture to keep living, to go beyond the suffering and give meaning to his life… he paints. The same is true for my young heart, except I dance. Miotte’s paintings capture the movement from within every soul and every reality, they bring permanence and contemplation to the transience of dance, to the mystery that I touched a few nights ago and that still resonates in the hearts of all present.
Many classify Jean Miotte’s paintings as abstract, a term which suggests a sort of departure from reality. In fact, I believe they draw us deeper into reality, into our personal inner reality full of emotions and dreams. That is exactly why I must keep dancing, it draws me into the reality of ‘now’ to the degree of intensity with which I perceive it.The reality and depth at which I am living in India brings me to that precipice with firm ground beneath my feet. I enter the performance space in the same manner in which I enter the humble homes of our friends… with bare feet and a listening heart.
Dancing before Jean Miotte’s art gave me an energy to ‘keep going’! To keep dancing! To keep stepping into the realm beyond ideas and speculation. To keep entering that silence within, to gently rise and swiftly run, exiting the silence with an explosion of color. Only afterwards stopping to marvel and wonder at the creation, the moment is simply a gesture from within. At the end of the night Jean asked me to dance. I promised we’d dance together again soon… either in Pignans… or in New York! Thank you Jean Miotte for encouraging me to keep risking my life to live!”
To read more, visit Renée’s website