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Some of the Original Art Work created for Moon
Moon promises to be a feast for the imagination. But it is more than mere spectacle. Not only does it marry the arts of ballet, opera, music and poetry, but melds these forms into a kaleidoscopic Fable of the soul’s journey—calling us to transcend an increasingly mechanical, functional and quantitative way of life, whose aridity threatens us with a loss of wonder and meaning.
For the aim of Moon is authentic enchantment: not mere escapism, but the recovery of a graced vision of ourselves, our connection to others, to the earth and Spirit. One is reminded of Paul Eluard’s famous verse: There is another world, but it is within this one.
The work is an invitation to explore the Archetypes all humans bear within, the facets of our souls and the roles we live out—each of us both wise and foolish, naïve and bitter, a hermit and a lover, a heroine and an outcast. What rules us—the addict’s insatiable hunger, the sage’s serene renunciation, or both by turns? Do the stories we tell of our lives define us, or confine us? Our identities and narratives can shelter or ensnare, burden or challenge, mollify or deceive us—or chart our release into plenitude.
Romine’s work offers a gift of renewal, and a challenge to a world too often reduced to economics, conflicts, alienation, calculation and exploitation. Amid the divisions and fragmentations of our current global landscape, Moon does not deny confusion, sorrow, or loss—yet it dares sing a garden of harmonies, unfold an oasis of healing. Make no mistake: the work does not seduce us into simply “dreaming away” in fantasy, but urges us to envision and embody the mysteries we dare not forsake.
Moon provides a glimpse of the universal magic that lurks beneath the surface of the ordinary.
Dr. Michael Bradburn-Ruster
(Ph.D from UC Berkeley)
Author of The Angel or the Beast: Will and Wisdom in Spanish Renaissance Literature
Scholarly articles published in the journal Sacred Web; poetry and fiction in Salzburg Poetry Review and in Dappled Things, a leading Catholic literary journal.
Moon is a haunting, beautiful, darkly sensual mythopoeic vision of a world struggling for renewal. It combines the sleek dystopian vision of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report with the Victorian aesthetic of H. G. Wells’ Time Machine. It weaves together art nouveau and steam-punk with the wisdom traditions of the Sufi, Vedic, Ubuntu, and native American traditions.
At its core, a young girl’s quest to retrieve the stolen moon, is a story that could be derived from any number of wisdom traditions. From this simple seed germinates a host of figures: The Raven Gent; the Mistress of Tears; the Castrato; the Elders; the Widow. Some of these figures are desperate and naive, struggling for meaning; some, like the Mistress of Tears, are tormented vampiric parasites; some, like the Raven Gent, are guides and oracles; some like the Elders bring words of healing from the world’s ancient wisdom traditions: all are denizens of this richly varied and seductive night world.
Moon’s high romantic quest is to heal a world riven by the dehumanizing forces of industrialization and looming autocracy: it seeks to access the spiritual reservoir that contains within it the possibility of healing. What it offers is not any facile solution, but a medley of voices and highly imaginative, expressively choreographed sequences that express our collective longing for a better world. It is a vision of human potentiality realized. It is a re-affirmation of the capacity of the restless human spirit to transfigure those conditions that prevent us from realizing the immense potential that is within us.
Dr Paul Hamilton
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