“Circle dancing is magic. It speaks to us through millennia
from the depths of human memory.”
In 2011 circle dance teacher Karoline Streicher and I made our first collaboration. The people who came to our celebratory afternoon of dance and storytelling learnt to dance some traditional Russian and Eastern European circle dances, and then integrated these dances into the archetypal story of ‘Vasilisa the Wise’, a Russian folk tale of loss and courage.
Since then we have taken ‘Vasilisa the Wise’ to Worthing, London and Berlin.
We have gone on to collaborate on two more circle dance and storytelling projects; ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ and ‘Weaving Wisdom’.
Karoline is currently setting up a new circle dance and arts space in Berlin, and we will be working together to create a weekend of dance and storytelling there in Spring 2016.
I have created tellings of ‘The Snow Maiden’ and ‘Demeter and Persephone’ for the Lancing Circle Dance Group, these tellings incorporated dances chosen and taught by Julie Beaumont.
For more information on Karoline’s work check out her websites:
“Life will go on as long as there is someone to sing, to dance, to tell stories and to listen.”