dance dance dance

a shaman i know says that when you create magic in your life you do so using three things: sound, movement and visualisation.

i’m very grateful for all the things i experienced last year — things i started introducing into my life on a more regular basis — but of them, this trio of making has to be the most important.

Tantra is finding the clitoris of the soul

in the tantra meditation that i practise, i have come to understand conscious dance (or movement in general) and breathwork to be the most powerful way to make every part of my body tingle and talk. as someone wittily pointed out the other day, tantra is finding the clitoris of the soul.

for some reason, shake it off by florence + the machines, which a friend reminded me about today, feels like that space. it reminds me of my dance creation-making sessions. part play, part catharsis, part renewal, all surrender … it’s very fucking scary, very fucking bliss-making, very fucking kiff. every time i go in, i meet my demons and angels, have a wild chat, and come out on the other side … different, stronger.

something about this whole song really reminds me of that.

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to playAnd every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawnAnd I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse aroundOur love is pastured, such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh whoa, oh whoa…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road

And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back

So shake him off

and on that note, a clever person i know¬†has started a very cool blog for the dance collective in cape town. it’s still in its infancy, but it will basically list every dance event, across all genres, in cape town. check out iheartdance [clickety click].

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