GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
I always loved disappearing in the crowd and breathing the air so quietly, refusing to project any attention whatsoever, that even I believed: nobody can see me. This was and is my observing-mode, those moments when I’m able to look at the bigger picture and sink into life invisibly.
It’s a great contradiction, because as many other artists I do as well enjoy being on a stage, showing something that might surprise the audience, showing qualities that can appear as extraordinary in that specific context. Most of the time I make a splash and I swim happily on stage. What I mean with this is that nothing and nobody is black or white, and a certain amount of chaos will always remain. Being an artist is a big contradiction, not only because of my introvert side, but because while we all aim for integrity, completeness and for some sort of a value, beauty or miracle, art also has a purpose to trigger and challenge peace. James Baldwin once said: “Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it’s true for everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.” I belive that most people are aiming for some sort of a balance through life. A balance between all these contradictions, a balance between professional and private life, a balance between money and humanity, a balance between sugar and greens, shy and arrogant, Lexus and running, airplane and bike, trash and value, joy and pain, good and evil, etc… Today we miss this balance in regards tot hat greater picture. It is unbearable to see so much suffering, so much pain, so much money and evilness around. We often switch to survival mode and try to close out all that, because we don’t want to get sick, we don’t want to feel so much stress and sadness, we still want to live happily, feeling joy and beauty. I truly understand that, I often fall into that mode as well. As a Hungarian I experienced from close how good conscience can disappear from humans when power, money and the lack of knowledge overrules everything. Now an ongoing war is in the neighbour, and nobody has the power, ability or access to stop it. I do want to disturb peace when I am on stage, cause I want to show something interesting, something irregular, something extraordinary, but I wish that nobody would disturb peace when it comes to basic human rights, to the safety health and well-being of people, animals and nature. I don’t know whom to ask, but I do ask the WORLD to please, give peace a chance! It will be worth it and you will never ever regret it!
Eszter Petrány, 31.3.23
Give Peace A Chance_Akrostichon for peace:
Eszter Petrány, MA
dancer, choreographer, dance educator
Walter Pobaschnig _ 31.3.2023
Wow, how true and heartbreaking
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