Shakti's BlissDance Events

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Blissdance for radical freedom and creativity

Dear Blissdancers,

We are living in unprecedented times of change, when old world systems that no longer work are being fundamentally changed. Change begins in each of us, as we shake loose the ossified old patterns, beliefs and structures of our lives. I would that BlissDance be a space that recognizes and supports this longing in us, for authentic, free expression.

Dance, and especially collective dance, has long been a vehicle for the body and the being to break free into new territories, beyond the existing regime. Dancing in the Streets: A Collective History of Joy describes how collective dances have slowly, systematically been eroded from the lives of most westerners, mostly for political reasons. In the next four or so BlissDance evenings, I will be drawing on the dance and music of cultures that still have an alive, vibrant collective dance culture.

This week, tomorrow night, we will be dancing through the moods of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures. There is a boundless passion in these culture that reminds me of the words of Hakim Bey: "There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path; already you're the monarch of your own skin--your inviolable freedom waits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs: a politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky"

"The last possible deed is that which defines perception itself, an invisible golden cord that connects us: illegal dancing in the courthouse corridors. If I were to kiss you here they'd call it an act of terrorism--so let's take our pistols to bed & wake up the city at midnight like drunken bandits celebrating with a fusillade, the message of the taste of chaos."

So, beloveds, let's celebrate being the monarchs of our own skin tomorrow night; let's dance illegally in the courtyard corridors and kiss here, in this moment of the dance without boundaries.

Blissdance starts Wednesdays 7.15pm at The Forge. Book yourself a meal at Olympia Cafe if you want to join us for dinner afterwards!