By Barbara Pollack
Publication through Pollack, Barbara, Woodford, Charles Humphrey
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The text is To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be bom, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; Dance Is a Moment: A portrait ofjose'liw'n in words and prchres A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embradng; A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep,and a time to cast away; A time to rend,and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.
Sometimes it will come only after long and painful practice. I don't give up right away. I try a thing to the point of exhaustion to see if it will work Maybe it's a wrong concept, maybe it just needs rehearsal lfit doesn't workoneday,it will workanother. Maybenext time it will have a fresh orientation Sometimes I drop it for a day. Sometimes, the mole I practice, the worse it gets. When I meet it again, what may have seemed like afutile practice has coalescedinto skill. Not having the great academic tradition behind me, I can make a whopper of a mistake with the individualisticapproach.
I now fully mallzed the grimness of the artistic life I had chosen - the disillusionment Dancing was not just a mmantic and beautiful notion. It was hard work I now know that composing a dance was not enough - it had to be good. It was during this period that Jose felt he did the "hundred bad dances" that were requisite before he could produce one to his satisfaction. WhenIcametothettuerralityoftheworkIhad~nmdwasnoI~"ger walkingon air,1dlhad beliefanddetenninatiaThat b t impetushad lasted a long time.