We should mainly learn two things:
how extraordinary the world is
and how to be wide enough on the inside
so that the whole world can get in...
(Agostinho da Silva)
A certified instructor in Danza Duende©, I have been teaching since 2003 in several countries of Europe.
We might describe Danza Duende as the art of creating "fields of wisdom", in which life, dance and art are envisioned and lived in a conscious interdependence: life is seen as our greatest work of art.
Gipsy Duende is a branch of the Danza Duende network. It is inspired by traditional Romani dances as the art of transforming suffering by surrendering to the present moment. It is about discovering the spontaneous joy of our authentic movement and about recovering the freshness and sincerity of our gesture within a group synergy. In this context, I specialized in dance, music and rhythms of the Romani culture of several European countries. Read more about my journey HERE.
Since 2015 I have also been co-directing the Dragon Retreat: a 7 day retreat in nature developed around the alchemy of suffering through dance and art in its broadest sense. The Dragon Retreat is a preparation for the Cycle of the Dragon, which joins the Danza Duende principles with the skillful tools of Choreosophy. Choreosophy is an artistic path developed by dancer Michel Raji, a quest in which the act of dancing becomes a path of knowledge. The dancer becomes his/her own laboratory, plunging deeply into the time of the body through the rhythm of the breath, the conscious precision of which opens internal and external spaces, micro and macro cosmic ones. This journey is one of opening ourselves to ‘listening’ to ourselves, so that we become that which we already are and thus manifesting, spontaneously, the symbolic dimension of our human nature.
Along with this artistic path, I have been working as a translator and interpreter for more than 25 years.
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Art may lead us to a more humanised and realised society. In the simplicity of a gesture, one returns to the primordial word: sound and rhythm rediscovered and renewed in each inhale and exhale, in each in-pulse and ex-pulse, in each halt and each movement... the soul dances in an eternal process of transformation, weaving an artistic path that can reveal all the intelligence of the basically good intrinsic potential of the human being.