To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Image credit: Raphael (1483–1520) ©Trustees of the British Museum
There are 3 Key components to a Ritual Dance: The Intention, The Score & The Performance.
With all incarnations of Planetary Dance, the overriding intention is Peace Amongst People and Peace with the Earth, and following this each Planetary Dance then takes on its own Theme and Intention born from the needs of the people and the culture of its given location.
The PD Score is in circle formation. There are three concentric circles moving at three tempos: fast running, medium running, and walking. These circles of movement occur in opposing clockwise and counter-clockwise directions. At the center station, musicians and a Master of Ceremonies keep the heartbeat pulse of the whole event.
What is Peace? How might we move towards something that is rich with meaning and substance, tangible, that holds qualities we need / desire in our Lives? Can this become a beacon that calls us towards evolution? If we start to know this for ourselves, we can embody it for the world.
What is Time? Is it constant? Or does the quality of Time shift as our mood, perception, experience of Life – changes?
When are we IN Time and when do we fall out? Is Time deep or is it shallow? Is it rich and growing, or dry and elusive?
How might we reclaim a real relationship to Time, and what would this mean for our world?
“I embody Time for prayer, to transform … ”
The Intention is the reason for doing something.
Planetary Dance is a ritual dance of TRANSFORMATION for greater PEACE. Each participant creates a personal statement as a prayer for the world. The dancers, moving in circular formations, ground these prayers in the Earth and send them out into the world.
Polyxeni: I embody Time for prayer to transform fear into trust
Ruth: I embody Time for prayer to transform abuse in relationships into love and nourishment
Darren: I embody Time for prayer to transform division into acceptance of diversity
Sam: I embody Time for prayer to transform tears into milk
Fernando: I embody Time for prayer to transform miscommunications into harmonic connections
Clelia: I embody Time for prayer to transform old wounds into new strength within myself, all beings, the world, and the whole cosmos
The Planetary Dance structure is a template. It is an established ritual event founded in 1980 by American Choreographer Anna Halprin.
Planetary Dance evolved from a dance event created in response to a series of brutal murders on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, in 1980, and the subsequent closing of the mountain to the people for whom this place was home and regarded as sacred. Anna Halprin led the community to make a ritual dance event as a way to channel the pain and bring healing and transformation. Since that time the ritual score (or structure) of this dance is being used to bring together people in joined creative action to embody qualities of harmony and unity.
Planetary Dance is a Ritual Dance – a dance with a purpose. It is repeated over time, and so it gains strength. Planetary Dance has dozens of events happening annually worldwide, and there is a strong matrix in existence, a global support web.
(Graphic map and hawk logo design by Stephen Grossberg.)
In 2013 Misha Horacek trained with Anna Halprin and James Nixon at Tamalpa Institute in California to lead new incarnations of Planetary Dance. In 2015 she founded Planetary Dance London. This event happens annually on September 21 — International Peace Day — next to the Imperial War Museum in London, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.
International Peace Day (Annual Event)
21 September @ 5p.m.
Warm up begins at 4p.m.
West side of the International War Museum (IWM London)
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
Kennington Road, London SE1 6HZ
Each year there is a free Lab a few days before the Planetary Dance Ritual at Chisenhale Dance Space for those who wish to take part in a preparation of the score for the event.
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The Planetary Dance is a ritual dance created by American choreographer Anna Halprin in 1980. Misha Horacek is a Canadian-Czech performance artist. She trained at Tamalpa Institute California to lead new incarnations of this ritual dance, which has a nearly 40-year-old legacy with hundreds of happenings worldwide. The overriding intention of the Planetary Dance is Peace Amongst People and Peace With the Earth.
Planetary Dance London is made possible through partnership with the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, the Peace One Day organisation, Chisenhale Dance Space, and with the generous endorsement of Tamalpa Institute, California & Tamalpa UK.