Dancing on the Edge Urgent artistic dialogues with the middle east

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Merge and Emerge

Moataz Nasr

For Moataz Nasr dancing is liberating. It can be therapeutic, or a rite of passage: a state of trance can be obtained through dance. It is also an animal expression of our instincts.
By dancing, whirling in concentric circles in which they become lost, cancelling out the centrifugal and centripetal forces, Sufis reach a degree of concentration which allows them to forget weight and to access other mental heights. To knowledge that the mind alone is not able to reach. Therefore they can, to parody Rimbaud, ‘see what man is unable to see.’

In the video installation Merge and Emerge, there are three of them. A magic number which signifies perfect balance. Three of them with three different colors, different like all of us…