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Screen Dance as a Rite of Passage and Novel Art Form

The video in this post is a recording of a talk by Dr Lila Moore, a unique exploration of the often-ignored aspects of aesthetics, the esoteric and occult, the symbolic, and the motivation behind the drive to innovations and the making of novel art forms.

Moreover, it's a beautiful dance journey into the Mysterious Rhythms of a planetary mystical vision, as commented by Professor June Boyce-Tillman:

Thank you for informing us, exciting us, and inspiring us. Lila, it was a wonderful example of how to present material, which as you rightly say, and as I often say, why would I write it in music if I can say it in words. And this is often the question around all artistic presentations. But to be able to speak so beautifully about it, I think it was extremely well done with the wonderful images. So I think all of us here, are very very very grateful to you for an inspirational presentation!

You are a beautiful visionary; thank you for sharing this compelling work.

Reem Khashou, Master-level fitness and wellbeing coach, MSc student

Your presentation was amazing. I really loved it! So many dimensions, art forms, symbols and messages all rolled into one beautiful piece.

Sian Brown, MSc, Musician, singer, and music therapist

As mentioned, this presentation does not discuss the technical and aesthetic aspects of editing and choreographing for the screen. As briefly mentioned in the talk, editing is like dance and music notations, determining the rhythms of any screen-based piece. Moreover, as June remarked, speaking about non-verbal art forms in which words are not meant to replace or translate images and movements is challenging. It brings to mind Isadora Duncan's words: "If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.”

The talk took place in April 2024 as part of the Spiritual and the Arts Special Interest Group of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality.

The talk was introduced by the esteemed Prof. June Boyce-Tillman MBE, a leading British academic with a profound understanding of music, spirituality, and theology, particularly women's role in church music. Her expertise as a Professor of Applied music at the University of Winchester and an ordained deacon and priest of the Church of England brings a wealth of knowledge to our events.

The talk was a collaborative effort, co-hosted by Annalisa Burello, MSc, who, together with June and Lila, co-founded the Spirituality and the Arts SIG as part of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality. This inclusive approach is a testament to our shared passion for this subject.


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