Moving with God
Mark Tully investigates the relationship between dance and spirituality in conversation with dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and with music from three continents.
Mark Tully discusses the relationship between dance and spirituality. Both movement and specifically dance are part of the rich history of spirituality, but somehow this is often overlooked.
Mark Tully aims to redress the balance by investigating the relationship between the movement and dance and the transience of spirituality. He asks how physicality can play a part in formal worship and looks at dance as a metaphor for divine philosophy. He also talks to choreographer and dancer Akram Khan about his theories on the spirituality of movement and the ability of dance to cross cultural and religious borders.
The readings include poetry ranging from W. B. Yeats to Rumi, and there's music from Leonard Cohen to Stravinsky.
The readers are Adjoa Andoh and Michael Feast.
Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4
Catechism by Grace Evans
Grace Evans explores how the joy of dancing co-exists with static rule-bound religion.
The Dancer at Cruachan and Cropatrick by W.B. Yeats
Poet W.B. Yeats describes an ancient instinctive dance in praise of God.
Shiva by Ananda Cooraswamy
Sri Lankan philosopher Ananda Cooraswamy describes the Hindu God Shiva.
Birth by Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Majdhub
Sudanese poet Muhammad al-Mahdi al-Majdhub describes dancing to celebrate Maulid.
If A Tree Could Be A Warrior by Rumi
Sufi poet Rumi pointing out the role of movement in spirituality.