• Marta Valverde

The One That Doesn't Fail

Updated: Aug 24

Sometimes it is easier to meet it through a dance than it is through living. [...] Regardless of it all, it still is. It's not one that fails, because it can't. That's the beauty of it, it stands.

I find that, as obvious as it may be, it isn't always so (obvious, yes). Rather often, it is not that loud or that clear. Or sometimes it is in fact too loud and so persistent, so relentless, like a broken record that plays in a loop, that we run away in opposite direction or, maybe not even knowing why, we choose to ignore it.

Still, and whether it is requested or not to stand up and show itself, be justified -if that should ever be a reason- or even given a reason or a space to be, regardless of it all, it still is. It's not one that fails, because it can't. That's the beauty of truth, it stands. And how magical it is when you find out what it is and you live it.

Sometimes it is easier to meet it thru a dance than it is through living. Sometimes it hits you in your face and you can but dance to it, let it out because it came too strong to hold it inside. What is obvious is that it won’t just shut, so it may well be worth a listen. Maybe even, full attention.


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I remember the time(s) when I got upset at myself for not performing at my best at an audition or interview, only to find out, years, or days, or months later that, in truth, I didn’t really want the job. It wasn’t me, it wasn’t for me, and so my true intention transpired through my not-my-best performance. It's happened as well in many other scenarios.


[...] we can all do a better job at listening, especially to the quieter, most vulnerable voices and pieces of truth.


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Art is the expression of an artist. It has its ways, its intricacies and work behind it, but at our most basic human level, we are all artists with expressions we desire to let out and be listened, sometimes as much as we fear doing so.

As people, as individuals, and as a community, we can all do a better job at listening, especially to the quieter, most vulnerable voices and pieces of truth. Starting with ours and following with every single other voice. Sometimes this voice won’t come out in words, but it still comes out, it is still shouting and we can choose to listen.

[...] And how magical it is when you find out what it is and you live it.

Rational words fall short in trying to explain further, so I'll give way to a poem, for words with rhythms travel much further and reach much deeper. As you may notice, they're contagious... And hope that it grasps what it feels like to know, even when you don't (dare to) know. And to listen, when it is as uncomfortable to do so as it is not to…

IX. it’a a rare one, but not really quite so

you would listen

you would look, you would read on the actions

it’s a constant unavoidable voice

you could pass on

you could skip, you could browse other options

i would hear it

it’s a knock, i remember it following

i recall it’s intention,

it won’t numb

i would listen,

here’s the thing, you could not spare its reasons

it’s the truth in your heart,

it’s the obvious

while it hides, it translates on your motions,

as you walk, as you stop,

while you dream, when you talk,

i would hear,

i would shut it,

but it won’t go



Video: Loop in response to 'Seems We've Been Caught Up in a Cycle' , part of the #LoopTheLoop Campaign by Instigate Unknown, featuring Leah & Marta (Back2basix), who are company dancers at IU.

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