PAST - Cacao & Ecstatic Dance at The Old Hackneys Baths

Introducing EDUK Live: a series of conscious dance experience combining live music with a DJ set.
For our first edition, we're excited to collaborate with Ariel Zutel, a hang drum player from Barcelona, accompanied by our resident DJ Renée Lacroix on the decks!

 

FORMAT

19.00 Doors open / Warm-up music

19.30 Opening circle

19.45 Ecstatic Dance

21.15 Sound healing + closing circle

 

HANG DRUM: ARIEL ZUTEL

Hailing from Barcelona, Ariel first discovered the Hang in the Canary Islands in 2005 and began playing and interacting with this newly invented world instrument. He has since then played around the world: solo, with bands and more recently in collaborations with DJs. Over the years, he noticed his music had an obvious effect on its listeners and discovered the healing and relaxing qualities of this truly enchanting instrument. Check out his music here!

 

DJ & CEREMONY LEADER: RENÉE LACROIX

Founder of Ecstatic Dance UK, Canadian-born Renée has quickly built herself a name amongst the conscious dance scene in London and internationally, first as event producer then as DJ. Like many, she started DJing in her bedroom after a handful of YouTube tutorials and now has gigs in London, Paris, Lisbon and Bristol. As an avid traveller and a classically trained pianist, her sets will make you travel around the globe with a sophisticated tapestry of world electronica and neoclassical. Check out her sets here!

 

WHAT IS ECSTATIC DANCE?

ED is a type of free-form dancing inviting people to connect to themselves and to others through music and movement. It takes places over a 2-hour live DJ set and starts and finishes with a short opening and closing circle led by a Ceremony Leader. There are no teacher or rules, but we ask you to follow a few guidelines:

1. No talking. ED is a silent practice -you are welcome to communicate with others with your body language, but please keep words outside the space.

2. No shoes. Barefoot dancing helps us ground ourselves by creating direct contact between our feet and the floor. ED is best practiced barefoot but you can also wear socks if you wish to.

3. No drugs/alcohol. ED is a conscious practice embracing mindfulness.

4. Phone-free zone. Please keep your phones off/silent and out of sight.

5. Respect of self and others. We ask participants to take responsibility for themselves, but also to watch out for others and be mindful of their personal space. 

Q&A

-What to bring? A large water bottle (preferably reusable, we've put enough plastic on this planet)

-What to wear? Dress in layers. Our events are judgement-free spaces, so feel free to dress however you wish, whether it's a t-shirt and leggings or a fully-sequined catsuit. As long as you're comfortable, anything goes!

-What kind of music? ED music is eclectic and not linked to any specific genre. We start with ambient, chillout tunes then bring you on an ecstatic journey with electronica, EDM, world music and ethnic beats before bringing you back down with downtempo tracks and finish with a gentle sound bath.

-Are children allowed? Absolutely -we love kids! Our events are family-friendly and under 12s can come for free. We recommend ear protection as the music can get loud. Teens between 13-16 get half-price (£7 on the door).

-What is your refund policy? We don't offer any refunds, but we can transfer your ticket to a future event if you notify us up to 48 hours before the event.

THE CAFÉ

The Old Baths Café will be open from 6 pm until the end of the event. You are most welcomed to come early to grab a bite or a (non-alcoholic) drink before the event and mingle with fellow dancers.

PRICE

£12 Early Bird

£15 Advance

£18 On the door (cash + card)

Click HERE for tickets :) 

We can't wait to see you there!

Renée, Ariel & the Ecstatic Dance UK team