2003 58 minutes
DANCES OF ECSTASY is a sensory journey into the mesmerizing world of trance and ecstasy. Filmmakers Michelle Mahrer and Nicole Ma travelled to traditional and modern day rituals to discover what is the altered state experience which people seek through dance. In these rituals, Whirling Dervishes from Turkey, Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil, shaman healers from the Kalahari and Korea, and dancers in a Gabrielle Roth workshop in New York pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people at an all night techno dance party in an Australian forest. DANCES OF ECSTASY celebrates the universal human experience where rhythm and dance unite us. DANCES OF ECSTASY is an innovative documentary blending exciting dance rituals, evocative imagery, interviews, and a spellbinding global music soundtrack. The film is an inspiration to dance, and to reconnect with a sense of the sacred that many have lost touch with in modern life.
Director/Writer: Michelle Mahrer
Producer/Writer: Nicole Ma
Cinematography: Paul Elliot & Michelle Mahrer
Editor: Sioux Currie
Produced with the assistance of Film Finance Corporation Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF Enterprises, Nederlandse Programma Stichting, Anna and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation, Australia-Korea Foundation
DANCES OF ECSTASY DVD (2 DVD set 240 minutes total)
DVD 1 features the one hour documentary, the complete Sufi Zikir Ceremony and personal in depth documentaries about each of the rituals – including San of the Kalahari Namibia, Orisha ceremony Nigeria, Candomble Ritual Brazil, and Kut Ritual Korea.
DVD 2 includes a do it yourself video ’THE POWER WAVE” led by Gabrielle Roth and 80 minutes of global grooves music tracks with leading artists such as Cheb i Sabbah, One Giant Leap, James Asher, Banco do Gaia, Bob Holroyd and others accompanied with psychedelic visuals by D-Fuse.
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