This is an excerpt from a series of interviews from February 2018, presented in partnership with ICDF’s Network for Men in Dance.
Michael Xavier Voon (Malaysia)
Interviewer: As a dancer, how have you needed to be a man of integrity?
Integrity as a dancer is a calling to be whole. This movement in both physical and spiritual, seen and unseen, felt and unfelt is a journey into the searching for meaning in my life. However, this calling in movement must also rest on steadfastness, truth, thankfulness and peace.
What is the dynamic of being a recognisable person, and sometimes a celebrity? Is there a gap or discrepancy between who people perceive you to be as a public figure and who you are privately?
I feel very much in the tapestry of us being unique and special.
What is the relationship between dance and meditation of one kind or another? How do you find they overlap?
Movement and Stillness is a duality of Dance.
The circle of movement involves prayer, meditation and contemplation where dance communicates, meditates and contemplates – subtly transitioning our thoughts, feelings and surrendering emptiness.
Prayer, meditation and contemplation in movement is the Dance of God.
Men in Dance Network
Any man interested in dance can just go on Facebook, type in ‘Men in Dance Network’, and ask to join the group.
(If there are women who have questions, or are looking for pointers about working alongside men as dancers, we’ll be trying to build up suggestions and resources for that also, as Frequently Asked Questions. So address any enquiries to Andy Raine.)