Years after his death, John Lennon went on tour. He visited, among other locations, Oklahoma City, Waco, New Orleans, and Virginia Tech, spreading a message of peace and love at the sites of tragic events. You may not have recognized him, though, covered in scars and cigarette burns. But to hear him, there would have been no mistaking his presence.
On this journey, Lennon assumed the form of a piano, specifically the one on which he composed Imagine. –Matthew Hutson for Psychology Today
Many who went to see, touch, and play John Lennon’s piano as it toured disaster sites across the US in 2007 approached the experience with skepticism, but left with feelings of relief, calm, warmth and peace. Despite all logic, they believed that John Lennon’s spirit was somehow contained within the fibers of this inanimate object, and the truth is, this “Magical Thinking” is more the norm than the rarity.
We humans are hard-wired to see a universe where everything happens for a reason and where even our own small actions and thoughts can control the outcome of unrelated events. Tinkerbell survives as long as we believe in fairies. And whether or not dandelions can grant wishes, or knocking wood can prevent our luck from going bad, or an old brown piano can somehow soften the din of violence echoing, we’d like to imagine they could.
Join us for John Lennon’s Piano and other Tales of Magical Thinking, ede2’s 6th original dance theater work in as many seasons. Joined by choreographers Megan Biolsi, Keenan Morales, Jenna Pollack, Enid Smith, and Béa Rashid, we will explore the question why do we believe in things that don’t make logical sense…and why do we need to?
Allison Kurtz Volkers
Artistic Director, ede2