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Wisdom comes dancing : selected writings of Ruth St. Denis on dance, spirituality, and the body

In her own words through talks, poetry, and essays, St. Denis expresses her philosophy of sacred dance, her belief in the role of women in peace-making, her innate love of the earth, and her ever-present connection to the divine
Print Book, English, ©1997
PeaceWorks, Seattle, WA, ©1997
viii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780915424146, 0915424142
Editor's note and acknowledgments
Short biographical essay
Section I: The Divine Dance. "Preface for the dance book." Spiritual understanding ans realization ; The body as an instrument of spiritual being ; The divine dance ; Performance of the divine dance: Communion with nature, Solo dance, Group dance ; The relation of divine dance to sacred ritual ; The herald of a finer humanity : manifesting the Christ ; The dance of the future
Section II: Talks and Lectures. Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival : August 29, 1949 ; A series of lectures presented at the Society of Spiritual Arts in New York City on the general theme: Dance as worship (March 1936)
Section III. Poetry. 1. Embodied woman as divine ; 2. Dancing the divine dance, 3. The body as a spiritual messenger, 4. Poems that inspired dances
A series of drawings by Ruth Harwood
Section IV. Other Writings. I would build a temple of the dance ; I demand of the dance ; Dance and divine dance : an esoteric credo ; I dance the divine dance ; Society of Spiritual Arts ; Credo for the rhythmic choir ; Fixed and standard principles for religious dance ; Stabilization of the dance ; The symbolism of colors ; Radha: delirium of the senses ; Dancer at the altar ; Alternate preface for "The divine dance: ; Last chapter of "The divine dance"
Appendices. A. Selections from An unfinished life ; B. Bibliography of Miss Ruth's "Constant companions."