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The First Time I Walked on the Moon / Be So To Festival / Kwangju, Korea / October 26-28, 2018

We have all seen the images of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step onto the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969 that was broadcast around the world on live television. Set against the backdrop of martial law in Taiwan, the Vietnam War, and social and political unrest around the world, this trip to the moon was a heroic statement that even though we were mired in violence and self-inflicted horrors, we could elevate ourselves out of these nightmares and aspire for the heavens. We could escape the mess of life on earth and dream about new possibilities and new frontiers. If man could really travel almost 240,000 miles and return safely to tell his tales, what else could we accomplish? Of course, most of us no longer dream about walking on the moon. We are caught up in the pragmatics of everyday life, in paying our bills or finding a job or trying to work through difficult times with our loved ones. We tend to lose our ability to dream. It is not just gravity that keeps us bound to the earth; it is the weight of responsibilities, of life. the first time I walked on the moon is a celebration of the wonder of possibility, an embracing of our childhood ability to imagine the unimaginable. It is a performance that encourages us to step out of the shadows and reach for the heavens, to take that first step and walk on the moon…