Dancing Joy Trailer
Follow the Joy!
DANCING JOY is a film of world dance to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
A soaring journey that literally circles the globe, Dancing Joy celebrates humanity and nature as never before.
This is a film you'll want to see again and again--with everyone you love.
"Timeless!" "Epic!" "Breathtaking!"
See what all the excitement is about...
Why this music?
We chose this timeless classical symphony to reflect the deep love of humanity expressed through the words and music. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Choral, introduced human voices as part of a symphony. Profoundly deaf by the time he wrote the symphony, Beethoven immortalized the poetry of Freidrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” The resulting lyrics are an affirmation of the brotherhood of all humanity under a common divine source.
The very first performance of the symphony in 1824 was conducted by Beethoven himself with great passion. When the music finished, however, he continued conducting, despite the thunderous applause coming from the audience. When a singer turned him to see the audience clapping and cheering, his shock was obvious; only then did people realize that he had not heard a single note of this most magnificent symphony.
From his own loss and sorrow, Beethoven created the most amazing music ever written—immortalizing Schiller’s beautiful words, and creating an uplifting message to humanity that continues to give hope, two centuries later. Here are the words, and an English translation.
The dancers include artists from all over the world, and many dance traditions:
Nepal, Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Greece, India, Botswana, Bulgaria, Rwanda, Native American, Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, Appalachia, Spain, and the traditions of Ballet, Ballroom, Square dance, and American Sign Language, to name a few!