As the state of emergency measures have been lifted in Spain, the art community continues to inspire with reminders to honor the healing aspects of the nature that surrounds us. On Monday, June 22, the Barcelona opera house reopened with a full house of plants. Turns out, they make for exceptional listeners.
“After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director, and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature,” the theater said in a release
In the natural order, sound is seen as one of the building blocks of matter. The benefits of this performance can only expand our perspective during a time of much-needed change. As we can see, not all audiences are the same and there is much to learn from our differences. In this case, how can we become better listeners?
“The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music, and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity.”
The video above documents an exceptional performance from start to finish.
While an audience of plants can’t’ clap hands in a round of applause, they most definitely show the power of silence. Here we are reminded of the power in active listening. Where a group of plants can’t cheer for an encore, here we are reminded of the power in strength to stand for what we believe in and what we desire to see in our world.
Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from this experience. Those in the position to perform have the opportunity to gift listeners with eyes to a new world while those in the seats have the ability to fully absorb and understand. It is up to us how we process new information to then be communicated.
“After the concert, the plants will be donated with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 people who have been on the healthcare frontlines, the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations, in recognition of their work.”
The healing properties of plants have received an abundance of energy from this live performance. Not only will they assist healthcare workers by providing fresh air while beautifying the space, but the memory of sound will continue to live on.
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