01 April 2009

Animals & the Origins of Dance

Can we catch the divine shape-shifters and dancers from East and West for a moment to extract some meaning from the connection between animals and dance? Dance is a superior type of movement elevated above everyday human existence. It is a magical activity whch empowers the dancer to transform human flesh into whatever he chooses: leopard, snake, boar, baboon.

–Steven Lonsdale, Animals and the Origins of Dance 1981

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