York Peace Dance 2018

What does the word Peace mean for you?
In your own life and in the world?

York Peace Dance is an action for peace: for world peace, for personal peace.

York Peace Dance comes out of Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance via Misha Horacek’s Planetary Dance London. It draws on the London dance, but is its own offshoot (more below). We thank members of the Spiritual Jazz Orchestra for joining us.

Anna Halprin: “What you must do while creating CIRCLE THE EARTH is remain true to what you trust, and respect the truth and trust of others”.

To watch, to witness, turn up at 3pm, no booking needed. The role of watcher, of witness, is as important as the role of mover or music maker, so please come along!

If you would like to move, and all are welcome, we are meeting at 1pm at York Steiner School, YO10 4PB, at the sports hall side entrance. It’s bare feet or clean indoor shoes for the sports hall.The dance itself at 3pm is outside on grass, and involves continuous movement for an hour, as you move at will between running, jogging and walking, so be prepared for this (sitting in the centre is also possible). Wear what suits you. Please contact Ian if you are joining us.

Preparation you can do before (for movers and watchers):
“What does the word peace mean for me, in my life and in the world?” With this question, spend some time (10 to 60 mins) moving, indoors or outside, with or without music, as suits you. Then paint or draw. Then write. See what happens. Each mover will loudly say a phrase “I run for ……..”.

York Peace Dance is facilitated by Milena Dragic and Ian Howie, who have been working since 2016 with Misha Horacek, who trained with Anna Halprin to create instances of the Planetary Dance. Misha has very generously allowed us take what suited us from the London dance, and change other elements as felt right.

“I first heard of the Planetary Dance in November 2015 when I was reading Anna Halprin’s Moving Toward Life. I’d seen the book in Leeds at a workshop led by dancer Marie Hallager Andersen, and loved the title. The idea of a community ritual peace dance intrigued me a lot, and it turned out that a friend had been in a workshop in California with Anna Halprin about it. I looked online and got in touch with Misha Horacek, who trained with Anna to lead new incarnations of the dance, including Planetary Dance London.”
Ian Howie

Milena Dragic website – milena-dragic.co.uk

Misha Horacek website – mishahoracek.com

The official Planetary Dance website – planetarydance.org