“Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Ghandi) became my favourite quote from the moment I laid eyes on it.
Egyptian Oriental Dance – Raks Sharki – needs an urgent, and deserved, change. No need for more divas, gimmicks, gymnastics, acrobatics and fancy props; no need for odalisques and sultans, the seductive or the exotic cards (totally outdated).
The Change – or Evolution – has to do with returning to BEING HUMAN, not the extension of a machine. In dance as in life.
It has to do with understanding, and practicing, this art form as a Sacred Language that speaks from the depths of the soul.
It has to do with AUTHENTICITY, VULNERABILITY, LOVE, TRUTH, OPENNESS, the COURAGE to connect with ourselves and other human beings through the heart.
When I look at this photo, I hardly recognize myself. This is not the Joana of my passport but all the Joanas in the world, every woman, man, child, animal and other creatures we don´t know about. This is not a person – it´s Oriental Dance, pure and simple, speaking through the body of a person.
Such a strange – urgent – photo.