Alternative Spirituality And Dance Culture: Making Celebration Sacred

Alternative Spirituality And Dance Culture: Making Celebration Sacred


The collapse of institutional religions and the rise of a greater freedom to experiment with altered states of consciousness has given rise to the possibility to experience spiritually charged epiphanies where one could least expect it: on the dancefloor of a club or of a festival. In this panel we will explore how the possibility of spiritual moments can be integrated in the electronic music scene, may it be psytrance, or techno, or house. We will also listen to the experiences from a church from the Netherlands where ancient spiritual values and ceremonial celebration go hand in hand with modern culture

Isis van der Wel
A professional dj and producer for the past 26 years, as one of the female pioneers in electronic dance music worldwide. Isis’ interest in the shamanic approach to dance culture has grown throughout the years. Since 2000 she's been involved in the organisation of events such as All is One, Magneet Festival and Mandala festival. From 2010-2012 Isis was elected Ambassador of Nightlife (Nachtburgemeester) of Amsterdam. In 2015 she got involved with the Holistic Temple Society 'Unity in Diversity' feeling the need to add some value to ceremonial celebration as we know it today. Isis describes this as: 'bringing the sacredness back to the party'. Within the realms of the Temple Society she has found a way to honour life as we know it today, in a way it contributes to a fulfilment of longing for communal spiritual inclusion and at the same time respects our individual freedom.

Bogomir Doringer Artist

Researcher and curator Bogomir Doringer (1983) was born and raised in Yugoslavia (now known as Serbia). Bogomir went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a Master of Film from the Netherlands Film Academy. As an artist, he is interested in ascertaining and researching various social phenomena that are the consequence of social-political interactions. His long-term ongoing research project, ‘I Dance Alone’, uses bird’s eye view documentation of dance parties to investigate clubbing as an organism to give us a new understanding and imagery of collectivism versus individualism in contemporary society.




Emilia Simão

Emilia is a university professor and researcher who developed 2 theses about psytrance and psychedelic culture, focusing on neo-rituals and post-modern tribes, its spiritual and technological aspects and dichotomous paradoxes of the archaic and simultaneously futurist tendencies; published the book "Exploring Psychedelic Trance in Electronic Dance Music Culture" and several academic publications; main research focus are electronic music, digital art, immersion, neo-tribalism and spirituality vs post-modern aesthetics, digital culture, and so on. Currently teaching in several areas such as new media aesthetics, semiotics, human-computer interaction and also various approaches on art vs technologies at ESG (Escola Superior Gallaecia) and IPCA (Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e Ave); also coordinates ObEmMa - the scientific observatory of electronic music and media art - UP (Universidade do Porto).


Chiara Baldini

Chiara is an independent researcher from Florence (Italy). She investigates the evolution of the ecstatic cult in the West, particularly in ancient Greece and Rome, contributing to anthologies, psychedelic conferences and festivals. She has been part of the curatorial team of Liminal Village since 2010 while she has also helped to set up and run ConTent, the first cultural area in Fusion Festival, Germany, in 2015 and 2016. Now she is back to Liminal as the program coordinator. She lives in the Costa Vicentina in Portugal where she often plays as DJ Clandestina.

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