The movie Dancing Joy is masterpiece that should be adopted by the United Nations as an example of what peace and love in the world should look like. Every soul and heart moving in agreement with one purpose: Peace and Love in the world!
I give your movie five stars! Your production definitely honors Beethoven and his composition, Ode to Joy. It was brilliantly produced with luscious b-roll that makes you feel like you are actually travelling through space and time.
Beethoven connects us with the universal language of music that is interpreted by dancers all over the world.
Loved it. And loving it was a process. It took a while for my mind to override the juxtaposition of, say, Asian dance and European music. But it did grow on me and i began to be awed by the beauty of the movement and locations. By the time the Ode to Joy hook kicked in, I was totally one with it. It’s an Excellent film. The enormous effort of time, money and love you put into this film is clearly evident. I agree with the awards it has received.
I just watched Dancing Joy. It was amazing. So beautiful. Great job in putting it together. The photography and the editing were brilliant. And thank you for doing a showing for the Cookstove Project. I hope it is a successful fundraiser.
I liked how they did the opening with Beethoven hard at work composing - and in silence with the exception of the metronome. It's amazing he composed so many wonderful pieces of music despite his deafness.We all loved the colorful costumes and beautiful scenery in which they did their dances. We wished that they had named the places and not just the country their dance was being performed. The names of the village squares, monuments, buildings, castles, beach fronts, gardens with beautiful water fountains, ballrooms, balconies, temples, etc, they were performing from, would have added to our enjoyment and knowledge. You could definitely see the joy in their faces and their expressions playing out the music. We would have enjoyed the added sound of the clapping of their hands or the tap of their shoes to the beat of the music. They certainly did show the "joy" in movement through dance which makes the title of the DVD spot on.The filming from various angles was cool. We loved the view from above looking down on the dancers. That view of the dancers from Honduras, who were dancing on a cement area that had the world drawn on it, was very appropriate. The shots of the dancers close up, from a distance, and from various angles captured their movements and was well done.We wondered how they actually did the video. Did they give the dancers the music first and then have them put their dance to it or did they match their dance to the music? We certainly could pick up the beat of the music through their movements especially the Scottish and Irish step dancers.The use of various implements added to the dance as well. From Japanese lanterns, various head wear, fans, knives, flowers, scarfs, batons on fire, spears, etc. - it all made it interesting.I loved the swirling of the dresses, the tapping of the feet, the movement of the hands, head and hips - all added to the expressions of the dance movements. Even the speed of the dancers made the music more alive. Subtle moment with slow, graceful moves were often followed by large, fast, jerky body movements representing well the change in the tempo of the music. They certainly made their costumes work for them in their interpretation of the dance. Sometimes their hand movements were just as important as the movement of their feet in expressing their dance.The synchronization of the group dancers was also amazing. I don't know how much time they had to work on their various performances - but they were always in sync. I enjoyed this especially with the Greek dancers as they wore their head pieces. The dancers themselves were all very different. There was a mixture of old and young dancing barefoot or with special footwear. There was also a variety of men and women which also made it interesting. You often don't see many men! I loved the single, male dancer from Rwanda!We enjoyed the American Sign Language piece and thought both Cheryl and Stephanie would have loved that part as well. Appropriate since Beethoven also became profoundly deaf.I got a lot of symbolism from the sand and water from all over the world being picked up and allowed to fall from the hands of the various dancers. The eyes looking skyward with the raising of the arms and hands towards heaven showed how we are one despite where we live or who we are! We are universal and together and all under one God! Beyond the heavens and stars, joining of hands and arms no matter where you live - we are one world that should love one another despite it all! All mankind are brothers and sisters.We enjoyed the final bows and happy expressions and the pride in which the dancers showed their native customers, dances and movements. They must have been very excited to see their names posted on the final credits.
Thank you! - for this vision, for this beauty, for this love letter to all humankind.Exquisite beauty, exquisite movement, exquisite music, exquisite joy,exquisite conveying of the most important message for our time . . .Tears welled up within me in response to its beauty and depth . . . Your work is so closely aligned with the work I am called to. May we members of the human species come to understand the truth of our Oneness - with each other, with God, with all the species on our common home.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Dancing Joy. The scenery, costumes and dancing were wonderful! It's obvious how much work went into it but I also believe it was a labor of love for you too. I can't even fathom the planning and coordination that went into it. What a wonderful accomplishment!
Totally enthusiastic. Gripping and uplifting. I want to voice my absolute delight in having seen the movie. It has tremendous power. Very please to see the ballet performed in our upstairs Chapel...I hope the Church of the Holy City can help spread the work, especially since Helen Keller (A strong adherent of Swedenborgian theology) preached from our pulpit. Would like to show in our church to spread the joy of dance in promoting peace and the realization of all being equal.
Absolutely the most enjoyable presentation I've experienced. I have already expressed my delight to several friends, that it is a "must see" as soon as it is available. Thank you and congratulations on a fine piece of art.
My family and I watched Dancing Joy. It was one of the most moving and profound movies we have ever seen. I one hundred percent recommend it. You travel across the world and see other traditions and cultures express themselves through dance. Uniting us as a single race, something really important to remember during these times of isolation.
Wonderful, wonderful production! I got chills when the singing began. Very powerful message of grace, hope and love as we recognize each other as one beautiful family under God. The cinematography was spectacular and the vivid colors of the costumes, set against the rich historical backgrounds and locations, were visually breathtaking. Well done. Bravo!
This was a work and achievement of majestic dimension. It took me around the world with beauty and grace in native dance. I personally loved the way it was timed and connected to Beethoven's entire 9th Symphony, truly an Ode to Joy!
First, the authenticity of the performances. Here at Bridgeport Academy, we encourage students to express their uniqueness of character and talent. Because each segment was so rich and well-invested, taken together it is a masterpiece of cinematic art. The timeless value and appeal of Beethoven's 9th Symphony demonstrates brilliantly that what unites us lives on--and never fails to inspire. Truly a work of art that can enhance learning programs that promote character education and the experiences that bind us together as one human family.
We found the dancing, the cultural costumes, the cinema photography with stunning backgrounds, and the Beethoven soundtrack--to be utterly enrapturing. Each performance reflected the message of peace and universal treasuring of that joy. Our daughter and granddaughter both have had careers as teachers of the deaf. The Gallaudet performance will be very special to them.
Everything they create and send forth into this world is to promote joy and harmony! The production team has a heart for people and their stories. They strive to encourage and bring light to the simple connections that we all have to each other through music, dance and diverse cultural experiences. Highly Recommend!
The choreography and dancing were authentic and true to each of these cultures, demonstrating that though we can be very different, we also do have shared commonalities...to better understand and respect each other--even our differences.
Like no movie I have ever seen before. Transfixed by the rich colours of the dancers, the beautiful scenery under the passionate guidance of the music and lyrics that elevate the divine in humanity. Takes you one an emotional journey of peace that is dramatic and calm. Truly fascinating.
This is a powerful tool to unite people from cultures all over the world and bring us together as one family, as we were always supposed to live. If you want to feel uplifted and loved, watch this movie.