Review by Elizabeth Pinkerton
Balance is the journal of the professional association
“Meditation des Tanzes – Sacred Dance” which appears twice
yearly. Each edition contains contributions on specific
topic. The publication is in German and thus not available
to many of us because of our individual lack of knowledge
of the language.
Because of this Judy King decided to approach Friedel
Kloke - Eilb who has in turn made a selection of articles
which she thought would cover a range of topics and be of
interest. Judy then set about finding individuals who would
translate these for this publication of The Dancing Circle.
The selection of articles has been translated with care
and sensitivity to meaning and cross language differences
thus offering an opportunity to share the thoughts and experiences
of dancers from the continent.
The compilation of writings covers a range of dances
from the choreographers Bernard Wosien and Friedel Kloke-Eibl,
their conception, development and growth. Traditional dances
are also considered. There are also articles from individual
dancers about their experiences and thoughts arising from
Reflections on meditative qualities, stillness, centering,
attunement, connectedness; the healing experience of dance;
and the origins of dances, and the symbolic connections
of steps and patterns both created in and emerging from
dances make rich reading for anyone wanting to explore the
many layers and depths of dances and the circle.
I found this rich reading and would say thank you
to Judy for undertaking the work involved in gathering the
articles together, to Mandy de Winter who had the original
idea and to the translators.