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Uploaded on Feb 19, 2010

Giving life to Dancing Jesus

Well known South African artist, Beezy Bailey, has created a performance piece using sculpture, song and dance to give life to the piece, called Dancing Jesus.

He says: When I was at Art school in London I was friendly with the Queens Chaplain, the Bishop Lancelot Fleming. In his view Christianitys emphasis on the crucifixion and suffering of humanity is misplaced. He felt there should be a much greater emphasis on the resurrection, and on the symbolic rebirth of Christ within all of us. It is this that has inspired my sculptures of the Dancing Jesus, and the performance Im presenting at Infecting The City.

Infecting the City, Spiers public arts festival, is taking place in Cape Town this week. In its third year, it celebrates the creative arts in public spaces where access is free. Baileys Dancing Jesus has drawn interested crowds, some shocked and calling it blasphemous and others, such as Pieter-Dirk Uys, saying it should bring millions more people to the World Cup.

Says Bailey of his piece: If one removes the cross from the crucified Christ, he looks like he could be dancing: celebrating life instead of death. Karabo will interpret this dance of rebirth to a jazzed up version of Sydney Carters Lord of the Dance, the original of which is in the Anglican Hymn Book.

I have recycled the legs that were used on the Fallen Angel sculpture that I made a couple of years ago, so Jesus is wearing my signature high heels. My aim is not to offend devout Christians, but to nod to Christs humanity and humour: high heels are certainly preferable to nails through his feet.

The resurrection celebrates the transformation of our once crucified society into a society that is free to dance and free to express itself as it sees fit.

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