A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival
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"I have seen many marvels, and participated in many miracles."
I've been writing A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival.
When I began it, perhaps 10 years ago, the prospect of ecstasy was somewhat stronger, both personally and in the world around me.
Dance of course is both the medium and the message, but also a window onto existence that the engagement in an artform gives.
The dancer can be instrument, performer, and creator. In music a singer could also be all three but the dancer has much more matter to deal with.
Dance as an artform requires many years of work - Martha Graham said 10 years.
It's not that you won't have mastered all the physical demands before that, but it takes 10 years to make a single gesture as your real self.
I have been writing this book of my experiences, thoughts, and reflections to share with the next generation of dancers and friends like you who are passionate about dance.
I’ve had the title - A Handbook for Ecstatic Survival - for several years, and now I must give form to the many piles of handwritten notes that surround me.
It has been an epic task, reading hundreds of journals, going through thousands of photographs, and choosing from the countless stories and images gathered over my Lifetime of work. As part of the creative process, I assembled a "Study for a Handbook for Ecstatic Survival", which Michael Caplan's House of Shake crafted into a beautiful 'proto'edition which we offered last year to help raise funds for the project's completion.
The work is nearly done, and Michael Caplan is once again assembling dozens of images and texts into layouts. Our goal is to have the books ready for shipping in early December.
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