Darkside dance is understood as a spiritual practice orientated towards nonduality,
uniting the mind and body.
The participants are guided through a process aimed at recovering the animal body,
becoming outcast and other. This otherness then becomes the key to the spiritualized body.
Through guided movement exercises and improvisation, participants are led through four animal forms in preparation for embodying the demonic, then utilizing the demonic to gain access to the formless.
Through spider, we rediscover time and space.
Through snake, we rediscover instinct and the desire to move.
Through frog, we rediscover emotion and flexibility.
Through monkey, we rediscover curiosity and play.
Upon recovering our animal nature we lose our place in the social order,
we become outcast and strange.
Having become strange, we are now worthy of taking the stage.
As demons, we conquer the stage and establish an adversarial relationship to the audience.
Finally, the artificial world of the theater dissolves, and we are thrown into the void.
We discover the subtle energies of the spiritual.
Our bodies become vessels for the unseen,
disappearing in the formless.
The three-day session is being held at Outer Space, 1474 North Milwaukee Avenue, Friday October 9, 2009 from 6:30–8:30pm and Saturday October 10, 2009 from 2:30–8:30pm. An informal showing will be held Sunday October 11, 2009 at 7:30pm. Cost is $75; RSVP and/or acquire more details at adam (at) antibodydance (dot) org