|The why of the embrace, the music, the movement: Dance survival|
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Auschwitz survivor and psychotherapist
Dance and pleasure. The first thing that comes to mind for me when I think of dance is pure pleasure.
However the foundation of pleasure in dance is Meaning. This thesis is highly influenced by Viktor Frankl. He was an medical doctor, neurologist and psychiatrist. As an MD for his fellow Auschwitz prisoners, he later went on to continue the great traditions of two other Viennese psychotherapy thinkers right before him, Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. Other important thinkers who have laid the basis of modern psychological theory still remain in their theories far more accepted. (And that is why many dancers will immediately, say "bullshit!" to the idea that meaning is the foundation of dance passion and pleasure, of self-actualization and empowerment.) But Victor Frankl's view was tested in the death camps on what survival is all about, including the survival of pleasure and happiness. We ought to listen to his insights!