We are thrilled to present our 10th edition of Ecstatic Dance Philly. We welcome you to journey with us through sound and movement, with Kællum as our DJ + sonic guide.
Join us this Thursday evening for a sweet experience in community flow, exploring solo and/or partnered freeform movement, at the stunning "Great Hall" at Trinity Center for Urban Life (Center City). We feel honored to be hosted in such a beautiful, old, repurposed historic building. All ages are welcome! No movement or dance experience necessary; dance however you wish, exploring your own movement + meditation practice within this safe space.
Ecstatic Dancers enjoy a variety of freeform movement, such as solo dancing, yoga / stretching in place, sound making, contact improv, and otherwise partnered dance. We explore the subject of consent, especially on the dance floor, within every opening circle. We also provide a mat for relaxation, and encourage folks to only dance if they are moved to in the moment.
* TICKETS *
$15 in advance (online)
$20 at the door (cash or card)
Kids / Teens Dance for FREE
Tickets available @ bit.ly/edpkaellumapril26 ✨
Online sales end at 5:30PM on the day of. * Doors close at 8:30PM. *
* WHAT TO EXPECT *
Please arrive at or by 7:30PM to allow yourself ample time for check in at the door, and to settle in / warm up with us. Doors close at 8:30PM. * We will open our circle with an intro to Ecstatic Dance guidelines and etiquette. We will learn about this movement and meditation practice, and will highlight the importance of consent within this practice. * Our sonic guide / DJ, Kællum, will then propel us into our Ecstatic Dance journey, within which we explore sound and movement. * We close the evening with a community circle, which includes an opportunity for each of us to share a brief personal reflection about our experience.
* ECSTATIC DANCE *
Ecstatic Dance is an accessible practice open to people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities, from every background, and from all corners of our city. Elders and children are always welcome. We provide a safe space for all folks who wish to engage in a practice guided by personal responsibility, mutual respect, and awareness.
Ecstatic Dance Philly is committed to providing a safe container for free-form solo and partnered movement and “conscious” dance. We are cultivating an intoxicant-free, respect-driven, consent-based dance culture and community for all those who accept these guidelines and wish to participate.
As a widespread movement, Ecstatic Dance is gaining momentum in cities around the world, and we are honored to bring this practice to our hometown, Philadelphia. We look forward to moving with you!
* GUIDELINES *
- Please arrive clear and free of intoxicants of any kind.
- We encourage barefoot dancing!
- Please do (nonverbally) request and receive consent before dancing with others. We will discuss how to do this, in opening circle.
- Non-conversational noises and harmony are welcome within the space.
- Listen to your body! Bring a water bottle and snacks.
- Be aware of amplified music, and protect sensitive ears as needed.
- Do approach this time together with consideration and respect for both your fellow dancers and the space which so graciously hosts us.
- All kids and teens under the age of 18 are welcome at no charge, and must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
- Detailed guidelines / waiver available @ bit.ly/edpguidelines
Contact dancers are welcome to play amongst themselves, with awareness of and consideration for solo dancers within the space. As with all dance within this shared space, only consensual touch and non-sexual movement is appropriate.
* THE SPACE *
We will gather in the gorgeous “Great Hall” of Trinity Center for Urban Life, formerly the historic Trinity Memorial Church, now used for an array of special events. The beautiful wooden floor within this space provides ample room for open flow, dance, and movement. We will provide a comfortable, padded lounge area for those who wish to sit, do yoga, or rest.
* GETTING HERE *
Our venue is located in a residential Center City neighborhood, which includes parking garages and limited street parking. The SEPTA Market-Frankford Blue Line train and Green Line trolleys are close by - the dance is a ~10min walk from 21st St station, and a ~20min walk from 15th St station. Note that you may transfer (for free) from the Blue Line train at 15th St onto a Green Line trolley, which can drop you at 21st St.
* KÆLLUM *
Kællum (KAL-UM) conjures a fusion between ancient and modern societies. He blends moving bass line rhythms with traditional instruments, vocals, and musical scales, each sampled from across our planet. His organic-futuristic selections and productions amplify his wish to serve his community with his offerings of sonic gifts. He grounds his ambition in his home city of Philadelphia - all while branching out locally into electronic clubs, Ecstatic Dance communities, Burn events, and a number of festivals along the East Coast.