Dancing with the Spirits, Act 1: ‘Being grounded and being able to fly are not mutually exclusive’

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This article is the first of a diptych, to discuss a particular approach to dancing with the spirit world, from a contemporary shamanic perspective as taught by the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies. It emerges from my participation in the Spirit Dance Workshop from June 24-29, 2012 in Sweden with Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldebäck, which in turn led to interviewing them over Skype on August 9, 2016. After methodological reflections on source-justification, personal immersion and embodied enquiry, this article introduces the concept of spirits in (this) shamanic context and discusses the possibility and etiquette of relating with other-than-human-beings through dance. It contemplates the notion of power and empowerment, drawing from three concrete examples of dancing with the spirit of a tree, the spirit of the night, and the spirit of a power animal. Instead of a conclusion, I offer an Entre’Act as a an in-between, linking this first Act/Article/Acticle of the diptych, with the second to come, which will focus on community, ceremony and perfomance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalDance, Movement & Spiritualities
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • Shamanism
  • Animism
  • Empowerment
  • Auto-Ethnography
  • Embodied Enquiry
  • Improvised movement
  • Jonathan Horwitz & Zara Waldeback
  • Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies

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Dancing with the Spirits, Act 1: ‘Being grounded and being able to fly are not mutually exclusive’. / Kieft, Eline.

In: Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Vol. 6, No. 1, 30.08.2019, p. (In-Press).

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