Our documentary reveals how people may go through considerable personal process at a CI festival and in many cases experience personal transformation. In our documentary our encouragement of the five protagonists to tell us their intentions for the festival-inspired by the typical process of an Underscore-and then inviting them to share what happened to them at the end, certainly gave a focus for that process and contributed to it. But we also know from our own experience that much personal and spiritual transformation can take place without a camera or without someone providing a structure for it.
There are very interesting questions of personal transformation in festivals that could be explored using ideas of therapeutic efficacy from the literature in Medical Anthropology.
We would, however, like to ground our exploration in the concrete experiences of CI dancers and we invite you to comment and contribute to this thread through personal recollections and your own insights.
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