Chapter One, Introduction:
Before my birth, before my parents’ birth, many many before the birth of my ancestor. There had been something existed. Movement. Then, the vagina moved apart and I came into the world. I turned into the mold of a form. Body. I became a body. I was begotten. I originated. I grew. I was born. I moved. Since the beginning, there had been emotions inside of me. Happiness, fear, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hatred, ecstasy. I couldn’t hold them inside of myself. So, I subconsciously reacted them by moving my body. This was called the birth of dance.
The Islamic revolution of 1979 enforced the end of a successful era for dance and ballet in Iran. The national ballet company was dissolved and its members migrated to Europe and the United States. Some were employed by European and American theatres and Opera Houses. Others left their careers all together. According to the principles of “cultural revolution” dancing was considered, a great sin, immoral and corruptive. Consequently, the last signs of public dancing disappeared in the same country that during thousands of years’ prior made great contributions to this art form and had it as a respected court element.
Chapter Five: World War Two
I was in Finland in December 1939, in a very nice cafe, soon after the outbreak of the winter war. I used to go to all of the different cafes in different parts of our neighbors, to drink coffee, jot down some note and of course to have some joy. Even when the war between Soviet Union and Finland came to an end in 1944, even years after that until 1948, dancing was NOT permitted in the restaurants and cafes. it was controlled by police and thousands of people were punished for breaking the law, either for organizing or taking part in secret dances and of course the majority of us were girls or young women.
I was hearing, during those days of World War II, from some friends who had come to Finland from Germany, that there were occasional dancing bans in Germany, and some of its allies as well, but the type of ban that was imposed on us in Finland was unique. It has mainly to do with morality; we, women were supposed to be the backbone of society on the home front, and our sexuality - especially during wartime - was strictly controlled. Dancing? dancing was a serious threat to this moral status quo and consequently to the well-being of the country at large.
when some associations, specially the youth or workers’ associations, began to organize social evenings, dancing became both more accessible and widespread. At the end of the 19th century Dancing with a partner became popular in Finland. Before that time, we only had a chance to dance at events like weddings or harvest festivals. Wherever there was a flat terrain in the summer, on a bridge, in a meadow, we, young people start organizing events for so-called free and spontaneous dances. And in winters, like a group of ants we were dancing in barns, cabins or houses, and that was why we were often called “corner dances”. Even one musician was sufficient for us to dance, normally there was an accordion or violin player. Spontaneous corner dances? That’s morally reprehensible. YOU insolent
youth are acting outside the realms and this is not socially acceptable. We were at the same time exposed to immorality including alcohol abuse, crime and – worst of all – premarital relations and sex.
What if I ask the readers of this book to get up, feel the earth under their feet, and dance on their own spot? (to the audience) Can you stand up? Yes I am talking to you. Can you all stand up and move your body in any direction that you like? “Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance” Martha Graham Said
(After a while)
You can sit whenever you like.
Then miss Goldman said “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution”. Why did she say so?
(to the audience) What if you don’t Dance? What if…you don’t Dance? What if we don’t dance? What if I can dance and you can’t dance? What if I can dance and you can’t dance? What if I don’t dance? What if I don’t dance? What if I don’t dance? What if you don’t move? What if I don’t move? What if you can move and I can’t move? What if you can’t move and I can move? Do I have to care about you or you have to care about me? What if we hadn't cared about each other during the Pandemic? What if we my inability in movement become a contagious disease? What if I can’t even move inside of my dream? What if we can’t think? What if we wouldn’t have cared? What if we wouldn’t have cared? What if our dreams become solid? What if our lungs can’t move? What if our blood can’t flow inside of our vessels? What is the earth can’t turn? What if the rivers can’t flow? What if night can’t become day? What if everything become solid? What if everything becomes solid? What if we can’t breathe? What if Is that the en