Friday, October 30, 2009

To Each Is Given A Gift...

Quite simply one of the most powerful, passionate and perfectly amazing talents I have ever witnessed––a degree of artistry at once humbling and uplifting. How truly blessed are those men and women who are given to create such beauty.

(Because the video's soundtrack really complements the effect, please scroll down slightly to turn off my playlist in the right sidebar before viewing.)


Thought you might be interested in some notes written by people from the Ukraine about this beautiful piece of performance art:

The most emotional part starts at 3:50 when she draws the face of the young woman and an envelope - obviously a letter telling her of his death, She draws tears on her face, the woman becomes old, then the image morphs into the monument of the unknown soldier - well known monument in Ukraine. The music changes from violin to a song about the soldiers who died in other countries but came back to their homeland as white cranes.

It's about a young couple in love. He goes off to war; she has a child, but the man dies in the war. At the end she writes "We'll be together always." (Another commenter translated the words she writes as "You are always near.") One of the songs is a well-loved song about dead soldiers who become white cranes - very emotional. In Ukraine 1 in 4 people died during World War II - likely everyone in the audience is personally connected to someone who died. Some of these people ( ~60 yrs old) could be those children who never knew their fathers because they died in the war.

10 comments:

sistasinzion.com said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing that.

Momza said...

Tears....that's more than a talent...more than one element there...emotions, visions, truly a gift of heaven. Thanks Sue. This is my favorite post ever.

KC Mom said...

I was so enchanted by your spanish guitar music on the side-bar, I just couldn't turn it off.

I think you have a gift, that to me, is every bit as cool as the one you've shared.

Carolyn said...

The range and beauty that people are capable of never ceases to fill me with emotion.

Where do you find these things?

Sue said...

I have to give my son, Ryan, credit for this one. Good find, Ry!

=)

Molly said...

Sue, I can't wait to check your site every day! What pleasures you find for us!

Darlene said...

This is truly the most incredible piece of art work I have ever seen in my life. I can't believe her talent. It was heart and gut renching and I can hardly write this for the tears. I never even knew such an art form existed. Thank you and Ryan for sharing with all of us. I don't think any of us will soon forget.

Snarky Belle said...

I really don't know what to say. That was amazing, and heartbreaking, and beautiful all in one. She is truly a gifted artist. Thank you for sharing. I'm sure you won't be surprised to know I had tears streaming.

(I'm sure I'm wrong, but toward the end the violin sounded much like a Metallica song "Nothing Else Matters"...maybe your son would know? That's always been a favorite song of mine. I just thought I heard a bit of it at the end when the viloin was going strong.)

Heather Anderson said...

WOW

Sue said...

Yep, it's the Metallica song all right. Cool, huh?

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