MANDALA

A dance film project, a growing dance community and the manifestation of a sacred dance temple.

Join us celebrating the World-Premiere of our short film

On April first 2023, in the golden hall of the legendary BABYLON Berlin, we meet at the auspicious hour of midnight! Celebrating into the 2nd of April together with the director, cinematographer, special guests, film talk, live music and dance. We have altogether 500 Free tickets available. Book yours soon, bring all your friends and let´s get together!

 

After the release of Moving into the Infinite, a full length documentary about the life of a contemporary temple dancer, the short film MANDALA, invites you to join us, dancing!

All ongoing events are listed in our continuously updated calendar.

Celebrating in Dance

As a group we dance in the form of a mandala. It moves. The dancer of MANDALA is invited onto an inner pilgrimage, for the viewer, MANDALA serves as a gateway to the mystical world.

In our film 21 dancers are touched and moved by Rumi set to music. A dance of the heart ignites and radiates out into the world. MANDALA is a gift of joy and true inspiration. 

Come, celebrate and dance with us!

There is a vision, the rising of a dance community and the yearning for a sacred dance sanctuary.

In dance it blossoms, the temple of the heart. And invites you in…

As Loving Hearts Unite

The music of our MANDALA fim and choreography is composed by Vorya Zarnegar from Iran, with deep love for a poem by Mevlana Rumi. “In the Love of Salomon” was recoreded together with the young dervish Sina Gheisari, who played the remaining film music in for us. The dancers of MANDALA come from different cultures and spiritual traditions. The joy of what we love connects us. The hand-woven cotton fabrics for our costumes come from India, and. most of the sewing work is done by Gita, a seamstress from Kerala. Also Suleman from Zürich and Renata Vögele in Germany supported us with their art of tayloring. «Behind the scenes» there are numerous other contributing hands and hearts.

Spending time and practicing in the magical place ShantiMonti in Ticino, Switzerland, inspired director Paramjyoti for MANDALA. Her vision of a dance temple preceded this inspiration: a place that is dedicated to sacred dance and where that, which inspires the innermost of our heart, is cultivated and celebrated in dance and in community.

Sema is a ritual known from the Sufi tradition. It involves sacred music and dance. It supports the practitioner to loosen ideas and concepts about oneself and ones’ worldview. In the natural expanse of the mind, spiritual experiences can take place. MANDALA is a video project and has as well been a spiritual and artistic research. We explored movements which enhance presence and discover what opens and invigorates our hearts.

Over the time span of a year we had met. About 21 costumes had been made. In altogether two weekends we were shooting the video footage for MANDALA with film partner and cinematograph Eckart Reichl. Amazing photos have been taken by Max Herlitschka (photos on this page, 2021), Mona Lisa (our gallery photos, 2022) and Betina Höh-Schmitz (photos with pigeons, 2022).

Travelling without Feet

People who were attracted to research in sacred dance have met on five long weekends. The artistic pilgrimage was giving birth to the desired dance community! We were invited to meet on the beautiful land of ShantiUnity, which became our temporary dance temple and home. Here we were allowed to explore what sacred dance means to us, how we can express it as a group, and most importantly, how we can make use of it to connect with the most intimate of all relationships, that which is dear to us and inspires us as spiritual beings. On our last evening together, sparks from the fireplace embers continued to spin skyward in spiraling vortexes long after our whirling dance ritual was over.

Our film shooting was the crowning conclusion of our first intensive dance community time.

In order for us to realize film projects like MANDALA, financial support is needed. In the case of MANDALA it requires cost coverage for camera work, editing, directing, color correction, technical equipment, costume production, project organization, sound recordings, musician fees, sound design, web design, accounting, IT, text writings-, translations-, graphics- and animation work for promo material, tour organistaion and event management, realizing the photo exhibition and much more.

Donations of any amount help us realise projects like MANDALA.

Filmkonto: Carola Stieber, IBAN: DE08200411110399465400, BIC: COBADEHDXXX, Name der Bank: comdirekt, Betreff:: MANDALA.

It is a great honor for us from ‚Infinite.dance’ (Paramjyoti and friends), to lead this project and, with it, to trigger the initiation of a prayer wheel in the heart of the individual as well as in the collective heart.

Join us in giving this gift to the world!

Sacred Dance Community

 

We get together in order to pracitse and celebrate. We use basic tools from the school of “Devadasi – dance of the heart”, solemnize in MANDALA and Sema. Using sacred music and dance for connecting our heart to that, which is dearest to us, is our spirituel practice, cross denominational.

The next opportunity to join in your find on our calendar.

MANDALA Teacher Training

You learn how to dance MANDALA and how to teach it, in order for you to lead a group in your own place. More information will be provided latest after our film production in Spring 2023.

The training starts at the end of 2023

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