We are preparing more online seminars for the period 2023 -2024
Possible subjects concern sacred dances in ancient civilizations ( Egyptian , Mediterranean Mythology)
The seminar concerning sacred dances in ancient Egypt is planned for february 17th
We will also continue teleconferences on Dancing the Christian Hymns.
CID SEMINAR MARCEL JOUSSE : Anthropology of Expression
Marcel Jousse was a leading authority in the anthropology of orality, gesture, and rhythm.
His research is of interest to anyone who studies dance.
Our host Dr Titus Jacquignon is a member of the office of the Marcel Jousse Association. His doctoral thesis is an exegesis and explanation of all of Marcel Jousse’s classes on the anthropology of gesture.
After a brief and concise presentation of the principles of the anthropology of expression, Dr Jacquignon will draw inspiration from them to offer us particular viewpoints for our research within the framework of the “Dance and Spirituality” program
CID SEMINAR TLALMANALLI : Pre-Hispanic Sacred Dances in Mexico
Professor Patricia Elizabeth Torres Villanueva is Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Anthropological Investigation, A.C. Huei Tlahtolli in Mexico. Her research concerns ancestral Mexican and Mesoamerican ritual dances
She will guide us in the world of pre-Hispanic rituals of Mexico, its presence in the current traditional dances of the country and the therapeutic and educational use of pre-Columbian dances.
She will introduce us to the great Aztec civilization and reveal new information to us.
CID Seminar VASHTAN : Sacred Dances in ancient Iran
Mrs. Soudabeh Ghaffarian; ballet star and researcher invites us to learn about the sacred dances of ancient Iran linked to Mazdean spirituality. You will watch videos of the great dancer Behzad JavdanFard and many groups!
This is an opportunity of an introduction to the multi-millennial Persian civilization!
Dancing under the breath of the Spirit
A possibility of the Christain liturgy ?
This debate took place in the auditorium of the bishopric of Autun under the hospices of Mgr Rivière and consisted of an exchange of points of view on the role of the sacred dance in the Christian liturgy through the ages.
Contributions of speakers (in french)
(Réflexions sur la relation entre la danse et la religion chrétienne dans le cadre du programme “Danse et spiritualité ” )
(L’implication corporelle du chantre au Moyen-âge )
( Place de la danse sacrée dans la liturgie chrétienne à travers les âges 1)
( Place de la danse sacrée dans la liturgie chrétienne à travers les âges 2
La danse dans la dimension du ministère, un signe de réveil spirituel pour notre génération ?1)
La danse dans la dimension du ministère, un signe de réveil spirituel pour notre génération ? 2
Danse et prière, paroles de consacrée
CID Seminar RAMAYANA : The story of Rama
( Seven Countries in Seven Chapters )
Complements on the four seminars
CID Seminar RAMAYANA : The story of Rama
( Seven Countries in Seven Chapters )
Ramayana is (with Mahabarata) one of the two classic Indian epics , the equivalent of Iliad and Odyssey in the occidental culture
Our precious collaborator Dr Uma Narayana Murthy is our host. After an introduction to the story and multilevel meaning of the epic , we see the its origin and its spreading throughout India, and beyond its shores to South and South-East Asia (1st Seminar) , then we visit each one of the seven countries adaptation of the epic (2d and 3d seminars) and finish by some particular topics : folk versions and Ramayana’s influence ….beyond South East Asia (4th seminar)
During all the four seminars a great number of videos and pictures will immerse us into the atmosphere of millenary civilisations of a high aesthetic and spiritual level
1st Part INTRODUCTION
CID Seminar UBUNTU beyond theology
(Tsutsube / The San of Kalahari Healing dance )
Under the UBUNTU spirit (I am because you are) whose recent disciples were Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the seminar deals with the passionate history and spirituality of the SAN people, one of the most ancient nations of the earth, their struggle to survive , and the beauty of their healing sacred dance TSUTSUBE.
CID Seminar When Dance turns into a prayer
(The spiritual dimension of armenian dances)
Most traditional dances have a spiritual dimension .
This characteristic is predominant in Armenian Dances pre-christian and post-christian
However the “proactive cultural policies in the USSR “ as well as actual globalization had an influence on their authenticity
After a presentation of the marvelous world of armenian dances , an equally interesting presentation will follow of how to “repair” , safeguard them and get inspired for the future
Those issues concern traditional dances in many countries and the debate is open !
CID Seminar Spiritual Practices for Dancers
Two different approaches will be presented :
Dr. Carla Walter is the author of “Sacred Dance Meditations: 365 Globally Inspired Movement Practices Enhancing Awakening Clarity, and Connection”
Ms Natalia Mogolivets , president of the Lviv Section of CID and president of the Ukrainian Federation of Dance accompanies the teaching of erotic and other dances , by a progressive training in yoga !
Both approaches, as well as so many others differ in their methods but share a common point :
Dance Teaching should be much more than training to execute movements !
Let’ s keep in mind Maurice Béjart’s thought :
“A dance that does not contain a tiny divine and sacred particle would not be a dance”.
CID Seminar Sacred Dances for Contemporary World
Sacred dances have been around since Homo Sapiens began to emerge from the animal state However with time their realization requires more and more dexterity and in general it is reserved to professionals.
During the 20th century, certain choreographers decided to make them accessible to the general public though retaining all the emotion of the sacred
The seminar is presented by Geneviève Khemtemourian and her students , Genevieve is one of the most active dancers of this current
CID Seminar Sacred Folk Dances around Mysuru
The seminar deals with sacred folk dances practiced in Mysuru (Mysore) , a historic city in the state of Karnataka, south India.
India is universally famous for its sublime classical dances. However, the central idea of the seminar is that folk dances are the source of the classical ones.
SDG Panel Conversation –“Is THIS Sacred Dance?”
The Sacred Dance Guild (SDG) , Active CID Member , is a spiritually diverse, international, non-profit organization, committed to advocate for dance as a sacred art and to promote dance as a means of spiritual growth and integration of mind, body and spirit with inclusivity, diversity, equity and access as underlying principles.
SDG has initiated a series of “Quarterly Conversations” with great panelists responding to the fascinating question « Is THIS Sacred Dance? »
CID Seminar Shamanism in Mongolian Dancing
Shamanism constitutes a fundamental cultural and spiritual dimension of Mongolia throughout its history
The presentation of Mongolian shamanism is a first step
We will have the opportunity to come back to it and deal with this spirituality at the level of Central Asia and other continents.
This seminar was organized in collaboration with the Cultural Envoy of Mongolia and the Mongolian State University
CID Seminar “Transmission of the Ritual Gesture”
This seminar has the particularity of being both theoretical and practical.
Some themes of the program:
- What space for sacred dance?
- How to ritualize your dance. Intention of the gesture and its symbolism.
- Ritual or everyday objects?
- From the individual to collective dancing
- Magical, devotional and ecstatic dances.
- Dancing the elements of nature.
Times of sharing in movement are suggested in order to enter into resonance with the mysteries of sacred movement.
CID Seminar “Vôdoun : dancing the divinities”
This seminar deals with the traditional Vodoun practiced in certain countries of sub-Saharan Africa, around Benin. Once the prejudices that overwhelm it have been removed, participants will discover a religion and a culture of extraordinary richness, varied rituals and a deep spirituality where dance is omnipresent performed by the gods, the living and the spirits of the ancestors.
View RECORDING of the Conference 2 (gallery)
Though some people have heard about Gnaoua, Aïssawa, Zar… , very few know that even today, from Morocco to Egypt, there are countless fascinating local customs that include ecstatic dances with a powerful feminine dimension and with roots that go back to antiquity.
Various speakers present this marvellous world including some similar customs on the northern Mediterranean coast. The trance towards the divine or for healing purposes has had multiple faces in all regions of the world since antiquity. In this seminar we introduce the one of North Africa!