Swing, tramp, and trudge

By JUNE VAIL  |  August 5, 2009

Viewers followed in Necessary Beauty’s slipstream — a zone of abundant creative energy. I left the theater vibrating with connections, recalling Virginia Woolf’s description of “fleeting clarity” in Mrs. Dalloway: “In people’s eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment in June.”

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