Shadow Dance is a courtship between you and your shadow.
Dance is one of the most primal expressions of sharing our story and allowing spontaneous combustion of thoughts and feelings to course through us, manifesting itself through fluid and frenzied forms and movements.
With every beat and every movement, we inch our way towards telling our story.
We dance to invoke spirit to enter and spring forth from us.
We dance to release our fears and inhibitions.
We dance to invite in the divine.
We dance to let go.
As Gabrielle Roth (creator of 5 Rhythms) once said, physical movement is key to unlocking the spirit.
“Dance is the fastest, most direct route to the truth — not some big truth that belongs to everybody, but the get down and personal kind, the what’s-happening-in-me-right-now kind of truth. We dance to reclaim our brilliant ability to disappear in something bigger, something safe, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst…”
“The beat is a lover that never disappoints and, like all lovers, it demands 100% surrender.
It has the power to seduce moves we couldn’t dream. It grabs us by the belly, turns us inside out and leaves us abruptly begging for more. We love beats that move faster than we can think, beats that drive us ever deeper inside, that rock our worlds, break down walls and make us sweat our prayers. Prayer is moving. Prayer is offering our bones back to the dance. Prayer is letting go of everything that impedes our inner silence. God is the dance and the dance is the way to freedom and freedom is our holy work.
We dance to survive, and the beat offers a yellow brick road to make it through the chaos that is the tempo of our times. We dance to shed skins, tear off masks, crack molds, and experience the breakdown — the shattering of borders between body, heart and mind, between genders and generations, between nations and nomads. We are the transitional generation.
This is our dance.”
~ Gabrielle Roth
“I bring you the dance.
I bring you the idea that is going to revolutionise our entire epoch. I bring to your theatre the vital soul that it lacks, the soul of the dancer. For you know… that the birth of the theatre was the dance, that the first actor was the dancer. He danced and sang. That was the birth of the tragedy, and until the dancer in all his spontaneous great art returns to the theatre, your theatre will not live in its true expression!”
~ Isadora Duncan