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Riverdance - Lord of the Dance

Identifier

003837

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

In many of the other descriptions within the general category of extreme emotion, the emotion generating the experience is negative.  But it is also possible to provoke a spiritual experience via intense and overwhelming happiness and euphoria.

Memory often seems to be a weak substitute for the actual moment itself, thus any form of spiritual experience is more likely to come at the time the happiness was felt – at the time the event that caused all this happiness occurred.

In the example here it was the happiness felt from either watching or participating in a show that combines music beating sounds and frenetic activity.

A description of the experience

 Lord of the Dance youtube clip

“In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in Irish step dancing and there is a show called Lord of the Dance that takes dancing into new levels.  Lord of the Dance is an absolute dance extravaganza.  An Irish dance show comprised of highly talented dancers, their purpose is to sweep the audience from its feet, implanting a high level of energy that is repeatedly experienced.  LOTD is much more than a show; it is a highly uplifting spiritual experience.  Michael Flatley, the creator and star, worked tirelessly to bring this show into reality.  He is also a profound example of an individual finding purpose through the self-expression of bodily movement, especially his feet.  LOTD is without question, thee show for the new millennium. 

Lord of the Dance is the story of a little spirit who goes on a journey with the Lord of the Dance.  The spirit helps protect the Lord and his mystical people.  During the journey, a dark lord who seeks to strip him of his title challenges the Lord of the Dance.  In the end, Good is victorious over evil.

Michael Flatley said in an interview that the show had been with him for centuries…..  He also said that he does not pick and choose from other dance forms, but goes inside for whatever he wants to create.  The show is a fusion of energy comprised of music, dance, emotion and feeling in flawless synchronization.  The dancers are unbelievably fast and their precision is beyond comprehension.  The energy is a mix of masculine and feminine contrasted between shades of light and dark energies.  Those shades touch the light and dark energy in the audience”.

The source of the experience

Riverdance

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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