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ripeness

I’m in the middle of supporting the development of Igor and Moreno’s new choreography Karrasekare. The work is at an intriguing stage some seven months from its premiere in Rome: it is far from finished yet is also taking a shape or form that at some point soon will need to be settled upon.

This stage of the development reminded me of part of a 2004 essay by Wendell Berry called Quantity vs Form:

The wheel of human — that is, of fully human — life would consist over the generations of birth, growth, maturity, ripeness, death, and decay.

[The term] Ripeness’ comes from act V, scene 2, of King Lear, in which Edgar says to his father:

Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Ripeness is all.

It’s a bit of a stretch, but Berry quoting Shakespeare made me think of an art development process, and how it is we recognise its ripeness. I think Igor and Moreno would agree that Karrasekare is still in a period of growth but the team’s understanding of it is starting to mature (as much as one can understand an artwork before or even after it is first seen by a public). My assumption is that Karrasekare will still very much be maturing in October this year: not quite ready to be plucked or picked, but close enough such that an audience might help it ripen.

Quotes from: Berry, W. (2018) The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry. First Counterpoint edition. Berkeley, California: Counterpoint Press

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