Oh My Goddess
Friday, March 1, 2019
One of the major purposes of art is to help us transcend our day-to-day lives, see fresh perspectives, and experience thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain dormant. Put simply, art deepens our sense of humanity and heightens our connection to others - and to the world in which we live. At its best, art arouses action in the face of ugliness and injustice.
This year’s Night of Dance theme, Odyssey, conjured the hero’s journey including our namesake, Artemis, the archer and protector of girls. More than 100 students led the Archer community through captivating performances combining music, spoken word, and dance to tell the stories of Greek goddesses who have inspired many modern-day female archetypes. A powerful through line of sisterhood moved many in the audience to tears and left us inspired by the promise of female strength.
If you saw the show last weekend then you know that Ms. Locke, the student leadership team, and everyone else involved managed yet again to set the bar higher for excellence in the arts at Archer. The entire cast and crew exceeded expectations in choreography, technique, and overall artistry and production quality. This does not happen by accident; the passion behind this year’s theme and the high expectations of the student leadership in particular resulted in an incredibly moving evening that left us all believing in the power of our girls to change humanity’s trajectory.