The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being - Carl Jung

Dances Of Ecstacy Film

01.01.2003   Michelle Mahrer & Nicole Ma

This celebrated documentary explores how different cultures around the world connect with a spiritual dimension through dance, rhythm movement and trance. In these rituals whirling dervishes from Turkey, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil, shaman healers from the Kalahari, and dancers in a Gabrielle Roth dance workshop in New York, pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people at a techno dance party in the Australian bush.

DANCES OF ECSTASY celebrates the universal experience where rhythm and dance unite us. This double DVD set is a visual and aural feast for the senses, blending exciting dance rituals, hypnotic imagery, interviews and a spellbinding global music soundtrack. The film is a celebration of dance and reconnects with a sense of the sacred that many have lost touch with in modern life. This double DVD includes a sensory one hour documentary, as well as detailed personal indepth documentaries about each of the rituals visited by the filmmakers. Visit rituals and dances in Namibia (San), Korea (Kut), Nigeria (Yoruba), New York (Gabrielle Roth), Brazil (Candomble), Turkey (Zikir, whirling dervishes), Morocco (Hadra), USA (Firedance) and Australia (Rainbow Serpent Festival) on a trance journey into divine sources of universal energy!

There is a closer look at a whirling dervishes ritual in an extended portrait of this fascinating ceremony. DVD 2 invites you to join in and 'do it yourself' with the 'Power Wave', a high velocity ecstatic dance workout with New York urban shaman Gabrielle Roth. And dance your own dance to 80 minutes of global grooves tracks, with leading artists such as Cheb i Sabbah, 1 Giant Leap, James Asher, Banco do Gaia, Bob Holroyd and others accompanied with psychedelic visuals by D-Fuse!