Tribal Secrets: A Ritual Dance Performance
Have you ever wondered how dance can affect the heart of the viewer? Why we feel so much when we observe dance? Anandha Ray spent an entire career studying this exact thing. She lead international tours of a dance company culminating in working with the United Sates Embassy as Cultural Ambassador called “Dance without Borders.” She found that dance communicates to all, no matter what language they speak. Dance has the power to generate healing both in those who perform it and in those who watch. After retiring from her official career she began research into rituals and ceremonies that include dance, studying with indigenous tribes and participating in ceremonies not open to the public. As a result, she combined her education, experiences and research to create what she calls Shamanic Fusion Dance: The Medicine of Movement.
This is dance as ritual and ceremony. These dancers prepare in retreat, through fasting, movement meditation, purification rituals and learning to channel the “character” or energy that each role requires. This style of dance is rarely performed for the public yet Saturday Jan 13 the public is invited to come to the Temple of Isis, at Isis Oasis, where a Shamanic Fusion Dance of new works as well as favorite dances will be presented. You are invited to join at 5:00 p.m. for a dinner and an after-dinner stroll around the grounds. At 6:45 p.m. head to the Temple to receive a blessing as you enter for the performance. After the ritual performance you’ll be treated to a dessert reception. If you’d prefer just to witness the concert arrive at 6:30 p.m. and come to the Temple to pick up your tickets and receive a blessing from a Priestess of the Goddess Isis.
This concert is held on the occasion of Anandha Ray’s 60th birthday, and is a fundraiser to help support Isis Oasis as they house several families who have been displaced from the Northern California fires.