How do we justify time out from our busy lives and routines to unplug and escape, even momentarily, just to “be”? To be in music. To be in a painting. To be in dance. Today’s world has little time for such trivialities. In the depth of the abyss of meetings, contracts, assignments, appointments, and business deals, something is lost -- something already so far beyond our reach that it eludes us, even as we search for it.
This documentary, intended for distribution on PBS, sheds light on the struggle to preserve the fine arts in America by focusing on what happens to us as a society and individuals when we push the arts to the margins. Taking dance (with attention to its practice, its study, its performance, and also history) as our point of departure in this first of several trailers, we ask ourselves, without the fine arts, what would the world look like? What would our lives be?