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Daily Helping for December 2nd, 2020 – Yanis Marshall – The End of Love

A photo of a dancer looking out at the ocean, arms outspread, with the sun setting on the horizon from the video The End of Love by Yanis Marshall.

I love everything about this short film. I love the dancers. I love the joy in their movements. And I love the beautiful scenery that surrounds them. You have the ocean, the cliffs of Etretat, and talented people creating art. What more could you possibly want?

And yet I do want more. I want to see these dancers in person. I want to marvel at the beauty of how they move their bodies in time with both the music and their surroundings. And I really, really want to travel again. To be able to see beautiful locales like this one with my own eyes. I want to stand on the beach and breathe in the smell of saltwater while the wind presses at my face. And just maybe try a dance or two of my own, but only if I’m sure that no one’s looking.

So while I loved every second of watching this film, I will confess that there was a weary undercurrent to the experience. This year has decimated the livelihoods and careers of so many people, and in particular, anyone who made their living from live experiences such as performance art and travel. So while I am grateful for the technology and distribution platforms that brought me this beautiful film by Yanis Marshall, I can’t help but want more. Or maybe I’m just well and truly done with 2020. It’s probably a little of both to be honest.

This has been a rough year in so many ways, but the artists and their work that I’m discovering every day makes everything just a little bit brighter. That’s why I can’t wait to support them in person once more.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!