A Bird Ballet explaining ecstatic dance

‘ Sometimes I go about pitying myself.
and all along
my soul is being blown by great winds across the sky.’
Ojibway saying


Bird flocks behave basis 3 basic rules.

  • separation: steer to avoid crowding local flockmates
  • alignment: steer towards the average heading of local flockmates
  • cohesion: steer to move toward the average position (center of mass) of local flockmates

In Ecstatic Dance there is a similar behaviour. Everybody moves chaotically through eachother, but because of these basic rules there still is order in the chaos.


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