Let´s dance! Just now.
Dancing fascinates, inspires and liberates.
Bathing and moving to rhythm and sound is one of our most important and healing activities. Dance is elementary.
But our own inhibitions are persistent. We tend to resist our public alienation and are often only found on the edge of a dance floor,
yet equally excited and motivated by inspiring sonority and sound impulses. While driven by emotion, still unsettled by the idea of how we may affect others.
Lustful need and imaginary shame on the weighing pans in an open-ended pendulum movement.
Dance is already something archaic within us and not primarily a representation for others. It allows us to dance around not only the barriers of ego-relatedness, but also collective barriers. Here we have the opportunity and space to achieve the simplicity of our nature in an almost playful way. By allowing the dance its intricate flow, indulging in it, it becomes meditation.
The extravagant, free dance used to be linked to trends and styles in modern times, such as disco or rave.
This then appears put on and isolated. We feel driven by external demands and standards. To be cool and young, to wear certain clothes, to favor certain types of music, to be subject to group constraints. Not surprisingly, such elitist patterns reinforce isolation and loneliness rather than dismantling them.
The related embarrassment suppresses the impulse to simply let our elementary urge to move freely. The very essence of ecstatic dance is, not only to have redeeming self-experience, but also to share it.
So it is about getting rid of the real but superfluous inhibitions and accepting that we – by nature – are all perfectly faulty and that this simple confirmation as a characteristic of our humanity is more connecting and social than adhering to constructed social expectations.
In this sense, to adhere to rules and mannerisms, developed by fashion and zeitgeist, is actually counterproductive and harmful to our need to freely express ourselves.
Let us look at a space abundant of ecstatic dancing: Here, moving naturalness unfolds beyond internal and external social control. The cool armor is removed, common normality overturned. Also our questionable ambition to classify and downgrade others disappears and conventions become superfluous.
These are welcome losses with long-term effects that may very well affect sociality and joie de vivre. The real power and soul of the dance does not lie in the outward appearance of style and execution, but in a yet to be recovered, elementary seriousness.
Allowing that to be traced is not just a necessity for us, but above all a pleasure.
Alors on danse!