When I dance, it is as if I am doing two performances at once…
one on stage for the audience,
and another inside me,
where only God is watching.
“Dancing should look easy; like an optical illusion.
It should seem effortless. When you do a difficult variation,
the audience is aware that it is demanding and that you have
the power and strength to do it.
But in the end, when you take your bow,
you should look as if you were saying,
‘Oh, it was nothing. I could do it again.’”
– Bruce Marks
“Then come the lights shining on you from above.
You are a performer.
You forget all you learned, the process of technique,
the fear, the pain,
you even forget who you are.
You become one with the music,
the lights, indeed one with the dance.”
Dhim tha na na dhim dhim tha na na na…
These syllables don’t need meaning to make you feel as if you are floating through the clouds, entering the abode of God Himself…
That juno that juno dhimi tha…
Dance is taken into you through sight and sound, but the full effect of what you are experiencing when watching a dance performance transcends what can be physically experienced by your senses. Dance has to be felt! To really be a part of a dance performance, the audience must feel God’s presence being painted in front them. Listening to the music or watching the dance alone can be so spiritually uplifting, but both of them together can be nothing short of heaven on earth.
Tha thay that tha tham, tha thay ya thay that tha tham…
A dancer uses her limbs, her posture, her facial expressions… her entire body to sing the praises of God. By re-enacting divine stories and glorifying even the smallest details of a deity, the dancer forms a deep bond with the Supreme… to know God is to love God. The role of a dancer is to share this bond with her audience and guide them to the realisation of God.
Tham tham dhin nam dhith dhith dhin nam gina gina tha gina gina tha…
I believe that God is in each and every one of us and dance can help us in realising this beautiful idea. The dancer must not try to ACT like the deity depicted in the dance, instead, she should just let God show Himself through her. Instead of trying to convince the audience of what God is like, let God unfold Himself. Whether trying to dance like God or dance for God, the best way to engage your audience is to let the God in them recognise the God in you. Nothing is stronger than such a connection…
Jum jum jum dhimi tha jano thake jum, dhimi thake dhim thake dhim janotha…