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DANCES OF ECSTASY is a sensory journey
into the mesmerising world of trance and music that binds dancers from
Manhattan to Morocco. The film travels to various traditional and modern
day rituals to discover, what is the altered state experience which people
seek through dance. In these rituals, Whirling dervishes from Turkey,
Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil and Shaman healers from the
Kalahari and Korea pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people
at an all night techno dance party in an Australian forest. DANCES OF
ECSTASY celebrates the universal human experience where rhythm and dance
unite us. Throughout history, states of ecstasy were a way of connecting
with a divine power. The film explores the many dimensions of trance and
discovers, that what links them together is the human need to connect
with a spiritual dimension a living part of many traditional cultures,
while others seek to rebuild it and modern culture searches for it.