“If I wasn’t an actor, I think I’d have gone mad. You have to have extra voltage, some extra temperament to reach certain heights. Art is a little bit larger than life- it’s an exhalation of life and I think I you probably need a little touch of madness.”
~ Sir Laurence Olivier
On Sunday eve we attended the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach at the Festival of Arts. This event is billed as such: Where Art Comes to Life. Well let me tell you folks – I have never seen anything like this in my life. In a word it was – AMAZING. Here is what they do, they select a series of famous paintings and sculptures (mostly paintings) and they recreate them using people and very sophisticated lighting techniques that quite literallly have the effect of making the people in the artwork look like they are part of the painting.
I wish I had photos to share, but no photography is allowed inside the theater (as it affects the participants ability to maintain their focus, poses, etc.). It really would not matter though as I guarantee you any photo I would have taken would not have looked like there were actual people posed – they all look like the original artwork. They maintain their poses the whole time the item is available for viewing by the audience – often three plus minutes or so. That may not sound like a lot, but think about paintings…they capture moments in time…moments where someone may be leaning or jumping or have their mouth wide open. I strongly encourage you to check out the photo gallery that will at least give you an inkling of the amount of time, energy and attention to detail involved in this feat. There is a dedication and commitment to the arts in this endeavor that demands your awe and respect.
Within the compound in the area that surrounds the theater there are literally dozens of artists’ displays to take in (as well as libations and live music). The combination of fine arts and commitment to artistry at this event is so visually stimulating and emotionally stirring that one is hard-pressed to walk away without an appreciation of the power of the arts to transform the spirit.
I am so happy I was able to experience the Pageant of the Masters. If you are headed to Southern California in the months of July or August I suggest you take the time to experience it for yourself. As Olivier said – “Art is a little bit larger than life- it’s an exhalation of life…” – amen brother.
Day three hundred and eighty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da