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let’s dance


The wordARTist
is getting just a little bit tired of waking up to snow on the ground when it’s supposed to be spring already. (Whine whine.) So I was heartened to find the video above on the “Move and Be Moved” blog of Visudha de los Santos, an artist and healer who facilitates ecstatic dance workshops based on Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms and other expressive movement modalities.

Visudha had posted the YouTube video on her blog under the title: “We Are Called to Dance.” Called, I believe, as in a holy calling. What could be more sacred than our natural impulse to move joyfully to music? Rumi wrote:

We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.

The stars made a circle, and in the middle we dance. 

Just viewing this video makes me feel hopeful. Spring will come! Soon! In the meantime, I’m taking a dance break. In my living room, among the stars.

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welcome to the loveART blog

Creativity is ecstasy. Participate.

heartchalk (copyright 2008 Diana Rico)

The loveART blog is the brainbaby of Diana Rico, a.k.a. the wordARTist. (If you want to know bio-type stuff, here’s a whole splendid website, and another, and yet more.)  But enough about me. What I’m really interested in is building a space for musings (mine and yours) about the nature, the purpose, even—dare I say it—the holiness of our creative impulses as human beings. 

I think the best way to launch this blog is to let the words of the Beat bard Allen Ginsberg ring out loud and true. This is from a 1968 interview (remember, it was the eve of Nixon’s election and the depths of the Vietnam War):

Life should be ecstasy. We need lifestyles of ecstasy and social forms appropriate to whatever ecstasy is available for whoever wants it…. We need a million children saints adept at high unhexings, technological vaudeville, rhythmic behaviors, hypnotic acrobatics, street trapeze artists, naked circus vibrations—magic politics to exorcise the police state.

These pictures are of a comparsa I got to participate in while living in Guatemala a couple of years ago. An arts collective called Caja Ludica had spent a week working with children who had been displaced by Hurricane Stan, making masks and costumes, creating dances, learning songs, and planning their parade route through the streets of Panajachel. This was the joyous result. (You can click on the images to make them bigger.)

Please, do share with us: What kind of high unhexings, technological vaudeville, and/or naked circus vibrations are you engaging in in your life these days? Or would like to be?

(All photos copyright 2006-2008 Diana Rico.)