Love is simply a concept. As people, we aren’t born knowing what love is. And usually, people die still never knowing exactly its true meaning. Your basic knowledge of this concept comes from your culture. Some things in life can’t be answered.
During the Renaissance, Europeans dived into Greek poetry and mythology becoming fascinated with the idea of love presented. Through this fascination they found new ways of expressing themselves (music, dance and art). This was the basis of our American culture and as time went on it became much more of a fixed idea.
So, when people began to ask the inevitable, “What is love?” we could present them with a well calculated and plausible answer. The dictionary states that love is: “A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness”.
Today, if someone decided to question the concept they would probably be told to watch Titanic or The Notebook or read some Shakespeare and all will be revealed. Yeah, right. The issue is that with a concept like love these aren't even close to touching it.
Love can’t be forced to one simple definition. You must dwell on it and wallow in it to have some sort of understanding. Some.
In a little crevice of the Lower East Side there is a small unorthodox place called Nublu. It took me into the world of Bohemian Brazil.
I walked in and was automatically comfortable with its warm, jazz lounge vibe and delicious Brazilian treats. After finding a seat at the bar, a man walked up to me and asked if I was happy, then he said “happiness will always triumph”. When he walked away a woman came out of the crowd and whispered in my ear something in Portuguese. I asked her what it meant, she replied, “There’s only one” and danced away with her emerald dress twirling around her. From that moment, I was captivated, swaying to the Brazilian jazz band as Infinite While It Lasts began.
Once it started (or what I thought was the start) I realized that it was the people who talked to me were part of the show (so when did it begin?).
The show is based on the works of Vinicius de Moraes, a Brazilian poet, playwright and composer. The actors use contemporary dance and Portuguese dialogue with English subtitles as a way to bring Moraes’s poetry to life, while his music is played in the background by a live band.
Infinite While it Lasts presented me a new perspective on love. Love can’t be dissected and poked at. When it’s presented to you, dive as deep as you can into it. This will take your mind and heart to indescribable places. We all tend to over think. And when you over think, it allows opportunities to vanish before your eyes. If you love wholeheartedly then you will live life to the fullest!