Ecstatic Dance is a free form conscious dance where movement expands, spirit activates, beauty flows and ritual is reinvented. The music weaves the threads of each individual into the fabric of a greater family. The goal is an experience of joyful union.
The evening begins by connecting with breath and the heartbeat of creation by singing together. As the momentum builds, people become whirling galaxies of light. The evening reaches a conclusion in the transcendent stillness of meditation.
Chanting and dancing affect the areas of the brain that create our sense of where our body ends and the world begins. They also regulate our breathing, producing hormone and neurological changes in the body that feel simultaneously calming and thrilling.
Moving from the individual level to the collective level, the effect is magnified. One’s sense of separation diminishes, and one’s feeling of connection increases. You feel somehow intimate with all the strangers surrounding you, and intensely, vividly, alive.
Yoga doesn’t ask us to believe; it asks us to inquire and practice and experience until we can witness the truth in our own hearts. Perhaps the true understanding of the practices of Kirtan and Ecstatic Dance can be found in the sense of unity, well-being and timelessness they elicit. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.
Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer, composer and innovative modern Kirtan artist, profiled in publications all over the world. Stringer’s sound connects the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American Gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia. http://davestringer.com/
Brenda McMorrow is a Canadian Devotional Kirtan artist who has had a rich and diverse musical career (from folk to jazz to bluegrass). Now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants. http://brendamcmorrow.com/
Pascal de Lacaze is a German / Haitian musician, DJ, and certified AcroYoga teacher. His career spans a long arc from drumming at techno raves in the nineties to playing in jazz big bands to accompanying world-renowned Kirtan artists. Pascal organizes Ecstatic Dances in Berlin, accompanying his deejayed music with live percussion and co-creating live dance journeys with other musicians. www.pascaldelacaze.life