If the year 2013 could be considered an ‘object in motion’ and I could represent the movement of where it started, to where it migrated, I would turn to Torricelli’s 17th-century equation to attempt to determine the velocity of a year. A year that felt as if it was in constant acceleration, with no knowable time interval. Here is the equation:
Not being a brilliant Italian physicist myself, what I can say is that once again, I find myself stunned at the rapid march of time. Here at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, there is in fact a constant velocity, but more accurate in characterization would be accelerating velocity. The charts below illustrate what I mean:
Of course, it could have been a year that looked like:
Instead, and in no small part due to your participation and support, it looked like this:
I have noticed since being here in Los Angeles – where the seasons are more nuanced and their transitions more subtle than elsewhere that I have lived – I demarcate the time of year in two ways – gratitude and generosity. As an Artistic Director I experience both in numerous ways, regularly. There is a great deal of giving and receiving that goes on in the arts – both are interdependent acts of resonant exchange. They seem to happen at best between artists and audiences, patronage and possibility, and are the true marks of the quality and capacity of place.
I wanted to simply express my direct and sincere appreciation for the support you provide to UCLA, to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and for the artists we in turn are able to weave into the exceptional mix of life in Los Angeles.
May the splendor of the season bring you all much, the tail of the 2013 comet pass over with inspired reflection, and the emerging New Year enter with it’s own charismatic allure and a brightness of possibility for all of us.
Thank you. Which looks like this: