VOLUME 4 NUMBER 2Summer 1979
Ritual dance is not performance as we customarily think of it.
Strictly speaking, there is no theater, no audience, no acting.
These features suggest an abstraction from life which is not
present in this case. Ritual dance is not simply a comment on life,
nor a remembrance of things past, nor an entertainment; although
some aspect of all of these is present. Ritual movement is part of
a highly symbolic process by which life and a way of life for a
specific people gains transcendent significance. The process
functions to evoke fundamental structures and patterns from the
tradition and thereby to establish a meaningful form in which the
future may unfold. There is no message in the dance short of the
meaning of life itself. --from the editorial Focus
TO THE UNIVERSE BELONGS TO THE DANCER Elaine
The Jesus Round Dance in the Acts of John.
LABYRINTHS Rosemary Jeanes
Clues to the mysteries of the maze.
A PARADIGM OF NAVAJO DANCE David P.
Powwow, Disco, and the Enemyway ceremony--is all dance sacred
to the Navajo?
BALI: BEHIND THE MASK Anita Daniel
A photographic essay on Balinese dance in lesson and
LEARNING ON THE MOMENT: A Conversation with
The brilliant and controversial director discusses his aim in
theater and film.
DYNAMIC BALANCE IN THE SUBATOMIC
Movement and change paralleled in the sciences of matter and
TAI CHI--SPIRITUAL MARTIAL ART William L.
A student of the ancient form describes the conditions of
struggle it creates.
ARCS: ALL LIVES... ALL DANCES... ALL IS
RITUAL OF REBIRTH Annemarie Schimmel
The origin and experience of the whirling dervish
REFLECTION John Anthony West
Keith Critchlow's film demonstrates the underlying structure of
EPICYCLES: Traditional Stories from
around the WorldTHE PLAIN OF TRUTH
THE NISHAN SHAMANESS Manchu
Retold by Paul Jordan-Smith
THE FIRST DANCE Dogon (African)
Adapted by Winifred Lambrecht
LORD OF THE DANCE Hindu
Retold by D. M. Dooling
KATE CRACKERNUTS Orkney Islands
Retold by Thomas White
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