The beauty of the artists I’m working with never ceases to amaze me. When I witness them, I witness the uniqueness of each person’s spirit, each person’s love and passion for her or his art, each person’s gift of giving deeply to the birth of this piece. This creative endeavor is bringing to life the histories stored within our bodies. We convey through movement, martial arts, Chinese lion dance, music, text, and video the depth of what cannot be translated through words. With our stories we share what we and those who came before us have faced, been challenged by and have endured. We bring this forth with love and conviction and a fearlessness that confirms we are on the right path, deepening our journeys and our understanding of this experience we take part in. Each of our voices is distinct and as a community that is made up of many communities, I am so breathlessly awestruck and grateful for the opportunity to build with these artists a tapestry that is woven in the most glorious fashion, in the greatest respect for one another and for each other’s art forms.