Language of the Goddess in Women’s Traditional Circle Dances

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Wednesday 6 June
6.30 pm
Room 5, Main Building, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

Women's circle dances of Greece and the Balkans have roots in the earliest Goddess-reverent cultures of Old Europe. Symbols encoded in traditional dance patterns, song texts and textile motifs have served as a nonverbal language from Neolithic times to the present day. The message of this language emphasises an ethic of community, sustainability, shared leadership, mutual support, creativity and peacefulness: these are the values of the Goddess, as articulated by Marija Gimbutas, Carol P Christ, Riane Eisler and others.

Laura Shannon has researched and taught traditional circle dances for over thirty years, and is seen as one of the ‘grandmothers’ of the worldwide Sacred / Circle Dance movement. She holds degrees in Intercultural Studies and Dance Movement Therapy, and is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent. Laura teaches in more than twenty countries and has published widely on her research into women's ritual dances. She divides her time between the UK and a small village in Greece.

This is part of the Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine 2018 Lecture Series from the Institute of Theological Partnerships. For more information about the Institute, click here

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