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Dances of Ecstasy

Year: 2003, 158 mins
Code: LP-DancesPt1

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Dances of Ecstasy is a sensory journey into the mesmerising world of trance and ecstasy that binds dancers from Manhattan to Morocco. Filmmakers Michelle Mahrer and Nicole Ma travelled to traditional and modern day rituals to discover what is the altered state experience which people seek through dance. In these rituals, Whirling Dervishes from Turkey, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil, and shaman healers from the Kalahari and Korea, pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people at an all night techno dance party in an Australian forest.

Dances of Ecstasy celebrates the universal human experience where rhythm and dance unite us. Throughout history states of ecstasy were a way of conneting with a divine power. The film explores the many levels of trance and discovers what links them together is the human need to connect with a spiritual dimension - a living part of many traditional cultures, which modern culture seeks to recapture.

Dances of Ecstasy is a visual and aural feast for the senses, an innovative documentary blending exciting dance rituals, evocative imagery, interviews and a spellbinding global music soundtrack. The film is an inspiration to dance, and to reconnect with a sense of the sacred that many have lost touch with in modern life.

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