“Every day we get closer to living in a global community. With distances between countries narrowing, we have much wisdom to gain by learning to understand other people’s cultures and permitting ourselves to accept that there is more than one version of “reality”. To exist in the first place, each culture has to have its own version of what is real.”
Super excited to announce Dancing Like Home is now streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime U.S., U.K. and Germany/Austria!!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZDRDW – U.S.
https://www.amazon.com.uk/dp/B06XN5CMQ5 – U.K
https://www.amazon.com.de/dp/B06XCSMFF5 – Germany/Austria
There is a natural evolution in African dance as it is passed down from generation to generation, there continues to be a purity of symbolism and movement that is unparalleled in western dance culture. The Djola and Mandinke tribe of the Casamance region of Senegal have been able to uphold a high standard of purity in rituals, mostly through maintaining their fundamental religious beliefs. These beliefs embrace the existence of a pantheon of spirits and demons produced by a spiritual force separate from matter – in other words – “a sacred ecology.” Dances/rhythms represent every aspect of African life, from things as common as daily household activities to healing and fertility, dance movements that are symbolic as well as naturopathic. Each has its own array of songs and musical arrangement, depicting everyday occurrences, some are ceremonial in nature and used only for special secret rituals.
Thank you Bob Devin Jones, The Studio@620 and Carla Bristol, Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg, Florida for screening Dancing Like Home on February 24, 2017. What an absolutely wonderful event and gathering.
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