During the Covid-19 lockdown, many of us have missed the unique thrill of live dance performance on stages. But for me, it’s another type of motion I have been longing for most: durational dance parties.
So, you like to party?
Yes. I enjoy DIY dance the most. Opportunities to express deep parts of me, in ways I cannot say or think. Access to the swirling unconscious. Mostly, this has been en masse. Rave culture. Club couture. Ecstatic experience. Adventures on and off-the-grid seeking places of durational dance delivery. Long swims beneath normal thresholds of sensorial immersion. Dissipation and unification. Spontaneity, joy and acceptance. These dancefloors are wild and sacred
I first disappeared into a loud new world of lasers and power beats back in the early 00s. My bestie and I debuted at London’s labyrinthine Fabric club. That summer we rapidly expanded our nocturnal landscape across the capital. Weekends were spread with the cream of the drum & bass scene. Super-fast drum kicks moved our frames, heavy bass lines led our hips in gravelly swirls, topnotes of melody and groove kept us playful and light. MCs engaged the crowd with their patter. Sonic cycles were built and released all night. We were unequivocally there to move; five hours was a healthy minimum.
Since then, I discovered ecstatic dance too. Modern forms take their cues from 5Rhythms developed by Gabrielle Roth in the late 1970s, a practice that sits in an arena encompassing the likes of Biodanza and sober rave. These experiences have enabled me to get into elated states on water, deep breaths and early nights. Zero judgement, and sooo much more space than your average dancefloor. The oceanic fluidity felt in these environs has vastly expanded my movement repertoire, and provided therapy from some of the short sharp shocks of daily city life.
In the last few years I’ve made the transition into DJing, trained as an ecstatic dance facilitator myself, and started making music, all organic progression for me as a deep lover of music and dance.
Then came coronavirus.