What is the legacy of each generation of human life? There are three that are basic to promoting healthy and vibrant community and individual life.
One is the will to live. One is delight in living and learning. One is the willingness to heal the physical and emotional trauma of confronting our limitations and challenges.
Each generation takes responsibility for transferring these three basics of life to the young and to the community. In our culture, we insist that the young find their own way of defining their character and their vocation.
The result is waves of anxiety, depression, and addiction. The solutions we are offered give competing approaches to survival that often provide results with as much harm as help
What Do We Have in Common?
My interest is in finding where the three basics of life have made the most impact upon us as humans.
One assumption I make is that along side our necessity for survival and competition is an equal force toward the three basics of a will to live, the delight for growing, and a willingness of the entire system to face the challenges with regeneration and healing.
I have chosen the similarities of dance, music, and religion because they were seen by early humans as one and the same experience. All of them addressed the three basics of life and all were performed as one event. From them grew rituals and healings that were clear capsules of the community life.
The importance of these events gave us a way of marking the growth of the community and the place each individual took within the community. As the individuals grew and with the changes of time, the markers and the character of the events would change maybe slightly, maybe radically.
Questions of Dance
To look at the basics of life, I begin simply by looking at the dancer’s experience. Dance is a good place to start because it is the least understood and stands outside much debate. Dance engages all areas of the person forming a sense of self and uses many of the principles of music and religion. The obvious fascination of children with dance is the best recommendation for the study of life as a part of delight.
The questions are simple but elusive to find all the connections within the individual and the group.
What is the anticipation a dancer feels before entering a dance?
What is the delight a dancer experiences in the process of dancing?
What is the dancer’s approach to rejuvenation of trauma in both the body and the psyche?
Tim Hurst 05/12/18