The Importance of Dancing like an Idiot

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Dancing is one of the most releasing and necessary of all activities – but we too frequently hold back from the worry that we ‘can’t dance.’ This film usefully reminds us that there’s no such thing as not being able to dance, that the whole point is to move about wildly without shame – and that in doing so, we connect with others and with important forgotten bits of ourselves.
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“One of the strangest but also most intriguing and redemptive things that humans get up to, in almost any culture one cares to study, is occasionally to gather in large groups, bathe in the rhythmic sounds of drums and flutes, organs and guitars, chants and cries, and move their arms and legs about in complicated and frenzied ways, losing themselves in the bewilderment of a dance. Dancing has a claim to be considered among the most essential and salutary activities we ever partake in. Not for nothing did Nietzsche, a painfully inhibited figure in day to day life, declare ‘I would believe only in a God who could dance’ (a comment that stands beside his equally apodictic pronouncement: ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’)…”


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Produced in collaboration with:

Gemma Green Hope
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Title animation produced in collaboration with

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