David Roussève’s Saudade (duet by Taisha Paggett & Olivier Tarpaga)
First off, I have to admit to being a pretentious lil’ twit! So now, with that off my chest, I can get grandiose! Simply put: I am trying to change the world. That’s no metaphor, that’s literal. (Yep, warned you it would be pretentious!) In this day and age, maybe the notion of ‘changing the world’ seems so darn ‘old school’ (I know… I know… my child of the ‘60’s blood is showing.) But, in using performance to inject whatever small portion of humanity I can into our crazy, postmodern, postcolonial, global, tsunami-infested, earthquake prone, ‘3-war America’, topsey-turvey-to-the-point-of-delerium, world… I hope to change it one viewer /participant/ patron/ audience member/ community-involved person at a time. So really, what I suppose I’m intending to say is not that I can change the world, but that art can change the world.
And so what’s this got to do with MAPP? Simply put: I adore MAPP, I love MAPP, I am inspired by MAPP because MAPP makes me believe we all CAN, indeed, change the world. MAPP is holding tight to the principles—however old school—that by supporting the creation, production, and touring of performance works that ask challenging questions, that provokes hard-hitting conversation through equally hard-hitting artistry, and that seek to inject a tiny bit of breathing room into breathless lives that have no room to breath… well, with a little help from us, art can indeed change the world.
In MAPP’s hands, those old school principles seem vitally new. I don’t know that I have ever seen such dedication from such darn good, thrillingly competent folks. In the boldness of the artists they present and the purpose behind their mission, MAPP makes me feel good about the present state of the arts. And that alone makes them worth supporting.
Thank goodness MAPP is a vital part of the arts economy. To say that they are ‘artist supportive’ would be the understatement of the century. Please support MAPP. What they do for the field, through what they do for artists, is truly invaluable. These folks can potentially—dare I say it?—change the world.