I have played in big festivals and music venues. And I was always disappointed to see how dancing was playing only a small role in the process of enjoyment of a party, which was rather more focused on drugs and finding a partner. Human beings are visual individuals and are pretty much distracted by external things. I noticed this also when I was attending or playing at Ecstatic Dances. Somehow the role of the personality and the identification with our identities were defeating the purpose of growing awareness through dance.
If we are not in the here and now, through an experience that reduces the powerful internal and external influences on our mind such as thoughts, emotions, and exterior perceptions, the attempt of recognizing a greater awareness within ourselves fails.
FROM INSIDE TO OUTSIDE
ZenDance is a process of awareness of the body through 4 phases that progressively lead the dancers from an internal observation to an external manifestation. It utilizes specific music, practices of Nei Qi Gong, visualizations, and words. It is based on slow movements that help increase the awareness of internal perceptions and led to greater consciousness.
PHASE 1 - INTERNAL BLISS
The body is used as a vehicle to access the here and now, which leads the dancer to a separation of the internal perceptions, subtle and dense, such as thoughts, emotions, physical experiences from the greater consciousness observing them. By using specific music, visualizations, and darkness.
PHASE 2 - SLOW MOVEMENTS
Through repetitive slow movements and the use of its attention, the dancer becomes aware of the possibility of being the dancer and the dance itself. Learning to relax into a concept of free-flow movements.
PHASE 3 - NATURAL EXPRESSION OF THE BODY
This phase is free from any structure. Guided by hypnotic drum rhythm and melodies, this section is dedicated to free exploration of the body and movement, in a state of observance.
PHASE 4 - STILLNESS
Using words and meditative music supported with grounding elements such as low frequencies, the attention of the dancer is led to the observance of its perceptions, to the act of observing them, and to a deeper undefinable level of consciousness that is aware of all these processes.