Is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light
It is part cinematic musical theatre.
Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art.
But above all its a journey
From darkness to light
From anger to love
from chaos to order.
It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors.
I do not condone violence or the use of guns.
Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.
Ultimately as we follow through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what I see -
That the enemy is within and the only way to survive Disappointment Disapproval Judgment Heartbreak Jealousy Envy And Hatred Is with Love - not with revenge - not with guns and not with violence.
In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world,
We cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.
We come to understand that
There is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.
And we can't do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at others.
But by recognizing that the enemy is within
And when we come to terms with it
And accept it
And struggle to change ourselves,
Then we can change the world without hurting anyone and we can inspire others to do the same.
When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point, Sometimes I play both.
I enjoy acting out this journey.
For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.
I know people can relate to it.
It's very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context.
It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, Invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.
And this of course was always my intention.
The MDNA Tour - In Madonna's Own Words
August 27, 2012
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I couldnt agree more with this statement. Madonna Tour 2012 is very strong and has very hard emotional reactions from a hurt heart which we all have gone threw, the only thing some of us cant do is express it in a way Madonna can. Thank you Madonna for just being beatiful you.
The Enemy truly is within. I'm trying to learn that, understand it, recognize it, and confront it so that I don't hurt or destroy myself, my world, or those I care about. Emotionally, I have a great deal in common with you, Madonna. I thank you and am glad that your art and words can help me deal with the struggles I go through. I am my own worst enemy, and a powerful enemy at that. I can use all the strength and prayers I can get. I look forward to attending your show in Charlotte, NC! God Bless you Madonna. -Hunter Shires
On a little personal note, Madonna, I just want to say I've always enjoyed all your music ever since...I love the way you produced the MDNA and its somewhat religious overtones..i wish you all the best...Your ICONer, Alan
Hi Madonna, I will love your concert when you come to Phoenix AZ in October..I love your MDNA all 16 songs..You worked hard to make this a success. You are the greatest.This will be my first concert in seeing you..I'm a little nervous but o.k...and proud to be your ICONer..So thank you for coming..Respectfully yours, Alan
I admire, and I always use to admire the great job Madonna does for the music itself, for the world, for all of us. I admire her bravery, her ways of being outspoken and honest, sometimes painfully honest, but in a most creative way. We need that kind of honesty. You see a light even in the darkness listening to Madonna, going deep into her lyrics, which I love and admire. I remember once she said in an interview: â€œIf you want to find the real me, listen to my balladesâ€¦â€ Madonnaâ€™s ballades are something I canâ€™t compare to nothing else in the music history, may be only to Jim Morrisonâ€™s way to describe deep pain and one unique, incomparably great human side. At the same time - tenderness, which is great! Madonna has this deep human side, which actually makes me to fall in love with her art forever and never stop loving her as a singer and as a human being! I am so grateful for being alive and existing today witnessing one great star as Madonna in my lifetime. It is a gift! And I cherish it; I am thankful and happy for having it! And please, Madonna, do not give up! I am so sick and tired of negative comments, evilly minded articles, pointless talk about age, personal attacking, cheap efforts to provoke you, to hurt you, to underestimate your job, your art, your persona and allâ€¦ It seems that we people are having the ability to forget what means what, what we have received trough the years from great artist like you, and so easily we are trying to underestimate the great things you have doneâ€¦ It hurts, I believeâ€¦ But remember - it hurts not only you, it hurts all of us, because we love you! And here is my pointâ€¦ LOVE! We love you, Madonna! Remember that! And that is decided a long, long time ago! A LOVE that it is undying! You have a very special place in our heartsâ€¦ And right there you, Madonna, are irreplaceable and indestructibleâ€¦ Even though you say in that wonderful ballade of yours: â€œNothingâ€™s indestructibleâ€¦â€ There are some very special exceptions, Madonna! And that is YOU! We love you! A LOVE, which you have earned, you deserve and you have! WE LOVE YOU! Simply go on, QUEEN!
I don't understand why people like to judge everything u do. Your concert is a play from a real life and when you tell a story about real life & feelings it's understandable that when it comes to negative feelings ,u use guns & shooting (why the same people that judges u ,doesn't judge opera or theatre because there are guns & violence too). But the difference with your show is that you don't admire violence and make it look funny (like in many comedy films in these days) & there is the most important message in your show & that is ,it's really easy to hate somebody ,but the more important thing would be to find out ,why there is so much hate in us and learn to love and respect each other because everyone of us ,no matter who u are ,is important and I think people judge u Madonna ,because you've the guts to say that people should love each one & stop the war!
As a fan from 1982 I can relate to all you do, all you say, your actions, your words, and your songs. An open mind & heart we have in common. Always express yourself- I Understand.
I fan been a fan since 1989 and continue to give u props each time you show us another creative side. Sometimes, the shit u have to take is unbearable for us as fans. Have no fear though, we all understand your message and keep coming back for some more L-U-V!! Keep rocking it girl!! Can't wait to see you in AC in a few weeks. and BTW, can i please be your St. Christopher??? xoxo
Rihanna has a gun tattooed on her neck and no one bats a eyelid, its ridiculous, you cant do anything these days without someone moaning about it.
With Ak-47 or without, you bring always only positive feelings for me and these images woman with gun are very good and beautifull stage image. Madona is Universe.
I have been to your concerts since 1987 and have been blown away each time. They are brilliant, creative productions. For people who are easily offended, they should not go to a Madonna show simple as that. You put your heart and soul into each show and true fans know this. I have been to lots of concerts and no-one comes close to putting on an original show like yours.
that always success comes with people full of envy. Madonna has always been in the public eye, and all the time people talks about what she does or the ways she chose to express it. WE all have the right to express our minds, but in her case, she has the posibility to change minds. thumbs of for you my queen! never give up.
Just Can Say That I CAN'T WAIT"!! LUV4U My Queen"!! Great Show"!
Madonna, you inspire me because even though I've had some challenges and rough times in my life, your music has helped me get through them. You are a ray of light because you live to tell and take a bow. Your beautiful and lovely Rock Voice calls out to me like a prayer. Your art is a spiritual, erotic and religious experience and I Thank You for that. Madonna-I Love You with all my Heart! Namaste, Madge!-Outside of Baltimore, Rabbitbunny!
I confirm with all my love your good intention dear MADONNA...but i think that you must to have very very FRIENDS (as me)that are readys to change this World toghether forever with you. *Charlize Theron can to be really your great Friend!
Madonna does a superior job in this Tour; her show can not be beaten..A few of the songs are of religion in nature...I like Madonna's work in the entertainment world...Alan
I can totaly relate to what you said and when I watched the show I understood it that way.It was sometimes confronting , opened discussions with fellow fans, and was a beautiful and inspiring journey in many ways. I'm sure many people over in the US will be inspired by it just like many of us in Europe were.
Can't wait to see you live again you are such an inspiration.
I was a little sad when I read your comments about the church. I personally love my church. I love you as well ever since about 10 years ago when I went through a bad break up. I couldn't eat or sleep. I was in a lot of pain. when I was praying to God I asked him if there was any part of him that was female that would hold me and ease my pain. Then I felt myself in madonnas arms I just cried myself to sleep as she held me. but my doctor just said it was all in my head but sometime I cant help to wonder.lol
I'm so glad that I was able to go away with you! The 3 dates in Germany were absolutely amazing. Thank you that you were in Germany. Until next time, and then in the Golden Triangle. LUV MDNA over, and over, and over ... : o)
I love knowing all your intentions beforehand, Madonna. You need to explain, of course, but I feel very honored because always I recognize you. Love and respectâ¤â¤â¤!!
I saw her in Nice (France) I felt her emotion when she had seen someone with a poster "olympia love u", it made me cried I had much emotions too, so happy to be in front of her it was like a communion, I understood what she wants to tell us the show was beautiful she's my queen, my spiritual guide thank you madonna for all Ã¢â„¢Â¥
Love you <3
Nobody is calling for Broadway or Opera or Any other forms of art to stand down - demanding these artists to not use that prop gun or don't show this truth or expose that lie - what is really going on here? It's been a few devastating weeks of high visibility with gun violence here in America but this is happening everywhere - wars are being fought, children are being trafficked, men are tormenting women, gays are being bashed and God is not saving any of us. Long live the Queen.
I do not like Madonna when she justifies herself (always when she touches the USA, always afraid, as when American Life marvellous and inspired but rejected videoclip), and when she sounds like a "self-help" and personal growth book. Dear Madonna, you taught us to be strong, and defend our ideas, our acts and our way of life no matter what came against. Now you sound like a "sorry to disturb, do not stop buying me, do not understimate me, do not misunderstand me, do not take me out of context..." What the heck! Let's them do stop buying you, misunderstand you! Does it matters? We love you when you say like in Erotica "I'll teach you how to f*ck". Not now that you want to teach your north american fans (sorry, but you seem that you are forced to do this only when in USA, and no one asked you when were touring Europe to do the same) how to "take you".
You have always been an inspiration, Madonna! I may have never see your MDNA tour (since I am only 17 and from Philippines and cannot afford to travel outside of the country) I know, we know, that just you alone, is an inspiration. Thank you for existing in this cruel world. Thank you for reminding us that we can always change for a better version of our self. LUV you our Queen!
It's incredible how this woman can inspire me.. I love every single word I've read and I swear, the MDNA Tour leaves you something great inside you.. The consciousness that love is the way and that there's no point in blaming the others when the blame is to be searched inside of us.. It's true.. After having watched this incredible show, I walked away feeling inspired and invigorated.. And these feelings have never left me, they will always be inside of me.. This show changed me, changed me in a better way.. And I'd really love to make all the people see what I saw during the show cause I'm sure that, as Madonna said, the MDNA Tour is watched with an open heart, people would be able to make the world a better place.. Thank you Madonna for giving us such amazing feelings.. You changed my life and you always inspire me.. It's hard, but I want to make the world a better place! You showed us the way: love.
You DO inspire me on so many levels and you DO push me to make this world a better place, even if just a little! I am grateful to this world to have strong people, women like you to show us that WE CAN DO ANYTHING!
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