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275 Years of the Creative and Performing Arts: 1740-2015

AuthorRon Price
Title of item
275 Years of the Creative and Performing Arts: 1740-2015
Subtitle of item
Pioneering Over Four Epochs, Section VIII Poetry
Parent publication   Pioneering Over Four Epochs: An Autobiographical Study and a Study in Autobiography
Date of this edition 2006
Permission public domain
Posted 2006-03-01 by Ron Price
Classified in Essays and poetry by Ron Price
Abstract Music, theatre, dance, dramaturgy, the graphic arts, cartooning, the performing arts, film, publishing, galleries, museums, and the visual arts have played an important part in the life of humankind--and in my poetry.
Notes I take the 1740s as the starting point for the themes discussed here in a prose-poetic fashion. Shaykh Ahmad, one of the two critical precursors to the Babi-Baha'i messianic experience of the 19th century, was born at this time. In some ways the Babi-Baha'i story goes back to the life of Shaykh Ahmad. At least it did for Nabil in his account, and it does in my variegated poetic tableaux of the arts. By 2015 I had retired from all FT, PT and casual paid-employment, and had re-created myself as a writer and author, poet and publisher, editor and researcher, reader and scholar, online blogger and journalist.

In the year 1742 Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin and one could list many events from the first decades of this story of the arts since this first performance. Readers will find poetic and prose accounts of various types of artistic, musical and intellectual experience in the last two-and-three quarters of a century integrated into a Baha'i and a personal perspective, 1740 to 2015.

The events and the themes discussed within these fields of the creative and performing arts continue until 1992, an auspicious juncture in the history of the Baha'i community, the Holy Year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah in 1892. These events then continue on (a) to the opening of the Terraces and the Arc on Mt. Carmel in 2001: the opening of the 21st century, the opening of the third millennium in the main calendar of western civilization, and (b) to the present, to 2016, as a new Baha'i culture of learning and growth had been developing for two decades.

There is no attempt to be comprehensive, sequential or authoritative. For the most part what follows is a serendipitous and prose-poetic rendering of my own experience and interests as well as my little knowledge of the burgeoning fields of the arts and the Baha'i Faith over the period in question up to this year: 2016.

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