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Portland Planetary Dance

Time: July 17, 2016 from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Location: Kelley Point Park
Street: N Kelly Point Park Rd
City/Town: Portland, OR 97203
Website or Map: https://www.portlandoregon.go…
Phone: 503-656-8910
Event Type: community, dance
Organized By: Be Space
Latest Activity: Jul 5, 2016

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Portland Planetary Dance is a dance with a purpose. It aims to bring peace among people and harmony with the Earth. We each dedicate our dance to someone or something in need of support (e.g., a sick or dying loved one, a troubled species, a child facing difficulties, etc.) before entering the dance arena. As people run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles we create a moving mandala. By dancing to the steady heartbeat of the drums, we become one collective body, and each step upon the Earth becomes a prayer for healing.

Originally, Planetary Dance was created as a daylong ritual for the Mt. Talmapais, California community by Anna Halprin, dancer/choreographer and early pioneer in the expressive arts healing movement. Her intention was to bring the community together for healing in the aftermath of the death of seven rape victims on the mountain by a serial killer. Five days after the dance ritual was performed for the first time, the Trailside Killer was apprehended. Planetary Dance has been since held by many communities around the world.

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