Zoe Knights – Dancing With Life

Who doesn’t enjoy dancing? Even just as a way to release your excitement or thrill over some good news! 

Dancing is therapeutic in every sense—you can dance in a group, with a partner, or on your own. You do it in dance schools, social venues, community halls, and your own home (and in the shower, probably!) Dancing has become a popular way to be active and keep fit, that most fitness clubs now offer dance classes in their group exercise programs. You can dance both competitively and socially.

In this podcast, Zoe Knights and Alexandra Kreis talk about dancing. Zoë Knights is a singular artist and performer who has made a name for herself in the field of contemporary performance. Her creations are distinct for their unity of sound, movement, lighting, and design, inventions that produce transformative moments and mesmerizing synchronizations.

Zoe has been praised for her craft’s visual and acoustic coherence, and intensity, and inventiveness.

To Zoe, dance is expression. As well as a spiritual and inner journey just like yoga.

When you dance, you should not simply be going through a series of moves; you should be performing. Dance is another means of expression. It should convey a story or an emotion; it should make the audience feel something, communicate with them on another level. Many young dancers forget about this expression/communication and forget that their whole bodies, including their faces, must feel and convey their story or emotion to perform successfully. The story or emotion should be the starting point of your dance; the appropriate moves and style should be selected, and the music should reflect and compliment this motivation. You need to interpret the music and dance expressively.

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Podcast Highlights

  • 4:28 -5:49 –  What is Dance?
  • 7:24-9:37 – Expressing in Dance
  • 14:45-17:05 – Yoga and Dance
  • 19:25-20:55 – Meditation
  • 32:03-35:19 – Movement in our bodies

Pocket Quotes

  • “With dancing, I constantly like rediscovering what it is about that really needs to be expressed or really important to me.” – Zoe Knights
  • “With dance it’s mostly non-verbal, and the body is able to express things.” – Zoe Knights
  • “The origins of dance are really social and spiritual and are markers of events in life, social agreements or social understanding or expression and being thankful.”- Zoe Knights 
  • “Dance is already a spiritual practice.”- Alexandra Kreis
  • “If you move, you release all these blockages and you come to another space.” – Zoe Knights

Guest Bio

DancingZoë Knights is a singular artist and performer who has carved a unique niche in the field of contemporary performance from Australia. She works as a choreographer, dancer, vocalist and actor in many parts of the world. She currently lives and works in Berlin. She has received various prizes for both her choreographic and vocal work. Zoë also regularly teaches classes in contemporary dance, choreography and composition, and mentors/advises BA and MA level students.