The Spiral Dance

A synthesis of Celtic and Egyptian archetypes

Here we have a merging of female archetypes: the maiden, mother and crone of Celtic myth with their counterparts in Egyptian dance: fellaha, the naive country girl; ma'alima, the boss woman and the alma or wise woman. The choreography calls for groups of three dancers who represent these archetypes; the crone leading. Circling Grapevines and elements of traditional Irish dance merge with Ghawazee and Tribal Style moves: tugs, mayas, boats, plus lots of veil twirling, representing the chaos of the cosmos. Order ensues as the threes merge together as one large circle, then form a spiral. At the centre of the spiral is the point of balance, the still point, the heart... There's a brief hiatus before we spin back into the original triple formations.

The idea was originally inspired by the triple goddesses of Irish mythology, and a visit to Newgrange, the famous passage grave by the Boyne in Co Meath, Ireland, that pre-dates Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Carved in stone on the wall inside is a triple spiral; at the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the narrow passage and illuminates the carving. It is very likely that the spiral symbolism of Newgrange represents life, death and re-birth, suggesting that life itself is a spiral dance.

Music is by The Chieftains: the haunting Strayaway Child. Costuming is green: the colour of the fairies.











The spiral dance

"A figure with curves always offers a lot of interesting angles"

Mae West

Triple spiral from Newgrange
This dance has now been re-worked with more of a Tribal style and to allow for a smaller number of dancers, and has been re-named "Celtic Goddess Dance"