i find your response kind of odd, stuart, knowing as i do that you have strong moral or ethical beliefs which you act to disseminate in your own life. <P>for example, your promotion of danceworks with a strong moral or political message, to me fits right in with this sort of religious approach. it is just that the beliefs these people have, are different to yours...<P>also i know you had a negative view or reluctance about seeing the universal ballet, because of concerns about underlying funding sources and their religious persuasion, so that complicates the matter still further....<P>it seems to me that people with deeply held moral, spirital beliefs will ideally live out their beliefs - their beliefs will be indistinguishable from their lives, in that they will act out their beliefs through their lives. <P>in this sense a deeply christian dancer, whether she dances for this company above or a non-church-affiliated one such as san francisco ballet, will dance her love of god and her love of life as a full expression of her religion, no matter what material she is dancing.<P>also in this sense, you act to share or spread YOUR own beliefs, via art work (and other ways).<P>i think the rest of us all do, too, but some are less conscious of it, and some are perhaps completely unaware of how their own philosophies inform and infuse their arts activities.<P>how would you describe your own position vis a vis political art, in this context? is it really so simple as the quality of the dance is more important than the quality of the message?