A Tribute to Ruth St Denis , Mother of Modern Sacred Dance
From “How Beautiful the Mountains” by Ruth St Denis (1880 – 1968)
Let us move to the silent beats of the Perfect Soul Dance.
For this is my message, the message of a dancer.
Within your being, within your mind and your living body,
Lies a world of joy and power.
Within you lies a kingdom you know little of.
The kingdom of fearless living, of sharing love, and the unfolding glory of your infinite being.
All this and more is yours.
Dance in the morning – Dance in the night
Let your children dance and your aged dance.
Let all things move in the rhythm of Life.
Let us dance alone and let us dance together.
O dancers of earth in the East and the West,
Tell the spirit’s meanings with courage and love …
Our task is for beauty, for freedom and joy …
For our dancing feet bring peace and rhythms of another world,
Our moving arms cast the sun rays in gestures, uplifted and wide,
Our bodies move in rhythmic spirals, powerful and free
For we are the dancers upon the mountain.
Come join us now, for we bring peace in beauty of the dance,
Divine and Free.”
From “Wisdom Comes Dancing : Selected Writings of Ruth St Denis on Dance, Spirituality and the Body” Edited by Kamae A Miller.
A Tribute to Isadora Duncan : Her Motto “Sans Limites“
From “The Art of The Dance” by Isadora Duncan : 1877 – 1927
“If we seek the real source of the dance, if we go to Nature, we find that the dance of the future is the dance of the past, the dance of eternity and has been and will always be the same.
“The Dance, it is the rhythm of all that dies in order to live again; it is the eternal rising of the sun.”
“The Dance of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of the soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation but to all humanity.”
“Beauty is the soul and the Law of the Universe, and all that is in accordance with this soul and these laws is beauty.”
“To express what is the most moral, healthful and beautiful in art, this is the mission of the dancer, and to this I dedicate my life.”