Monday, September 22, 2014

The Most Interesting Man in the World is Still Dancing in Greece

...but this time he has competition....

Don't you love the acrobatics of the men? In antiquity, dance was deeply woven into the fabric of social and spiritual life. Some Greek dances find their roots in warfare, with the leaping and slapping motions mimicing strength in battle, but dance is still now, as it was then, an important vehicle in which humans can express and share deep emotions. While at one time dances like the Tsamiko were exclusively performed by men, women (such as the one you can see halfway through this video) now join in to the delight of onlookers. 

22 comments:

  1. That looks like such fun. I never see anyone dance. I can only imagine what it was like on that patio/street. I need to go to Greece.

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    1. I predict you'd love it, Donna - hope you travel there someday..

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  2. Beautiful! dance is such a magical language...a feast of creative expression..lovely post..thanks for sharing the spirit of dance!

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    1. Victoria, I like your statement that dance is a language - thanks for highlighting that!

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  3. Yes, dance is one of the oldest forms of human expression. I am glad to see these dances are still very much alive in Greece.

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    1. That's one of the things I love about Greece - they find the time to celebrate, no matter what...

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  4. Very Zorba the Greek! (An excellent film). And I see your previous blogpost was about Melina Mercouri and the film Never on a Sunday. I've watched both films on quite a few occasions.

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    1. All Greek men, when they dance, somehow become Zorba...

      There are parts of that movie that are tough to watch, and some that are so uplifting -

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    1. In that moment, it was more fun to watch these guys than dance myself...

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  6. Seems that you told us about this gent before. But another video is good, too.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Yup, I did. It would seem I'm fascinated by the Most Interesting Man in the World...

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  7. Interesting. Seems very traditional. I love seeing men dance without feeling self-conscious about it.

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    1. So do I - you don't see that very often in our country. I think, because of their culture, dance comes more naturally to Greek men.

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  8. It's odd how in mainstream American culture, women/girls dance more than men/boys, but across the world that equation is more balanced.

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    1. Maybe that is another path to rebalancing the genders: dance. By the way, I just saw Emma Watson's impassioned speech to the UN on the he for she campaign - highly recommend it.

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  9. can't we all easily imagine being there and we would dance too?! what i most like about this is that the dancing is not fancy; the beauty is its fluidity.

    i am now willing to freely admit that 'dancing with the stars' has expanded my appreciation for dance. and there are definitely guys there dancing away :^)

    love
    kj

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    1. Exquisite point KJ - the beauty is in the fluidity, indeed...

      btw I have watched Dancing with the Stars on occasion and it is such a fun ride - I guess both participating in and watching others dance is equally enjoyable.

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  10. In shamanic tradition, motion (certainly dance) is a way to dislodge encrusted energy to 'redeploy' it to centers of vitality in the body. The belief certainly elevates dance to a high stature!

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    1. Such a great point, Suze. We could use more dancing not just to rebalance the genders in our world, but to dislodge all that encrusted energy — and yes, redeploy it to our body's vital core.

      Beautifully said, as always :))

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  11. oh, the communion of this is wonderful! i do find it odd and dangerous (it flashes like wings in my belly) how they demonstrate to one another. i don't have any such bravery. but to dance together like this! a celebration, not of the world, it seems, but of what it is to be human. that extra element of demonstration is then important, for it is a complex power struggle, this human situation. (so rightly you allude to war. it's so sad that this is a part of our constitution. i struggle with it.)

    i love the woman here. and i love that the older man gives her the stage:)

    xo
    erin

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  12. ohmygod, and it dawns on me that this is your video and that you were present! (?) holy!

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