You are invited to an extraordinary dance where you can be who you want to be, and dance how you want to dance.
Ecstatic Dance Chicago elevates culture by offering a space to practice freedom of expression, and mindful connection. It is also a place to celebrate, create community, and to feel free to be your self.
Just Dance is a shorter Ecstatic Dance with a concentrated focus on movement and dance. There is a self warm up before the opening circle, and a silent relaxation after the dance is over.
7:20 PM – Opening Circle
7:30 PM – Ecstatic Dance
9:00 PM – Silent Relaxation
9:15 PM – Closing Circle
Mirza N. Shams – under their stage name NAXÖ – is a DJ , music producer, composer, keyboardist, singer, and sound healer. They use multiple sounds to explore psychological narratives, subjectivities, and stream of consciousness while activating emotional pitches to navigate personal transformations through their compositions and performances. NAXÖ fuses their Middle-Eastern, North African and South Asian folklore and heritage with contemporary schools of sound. Their work conjures a magical fusion that weaves psychedelic waves through beats, featuring transparent voices calling to resist, embedded deep within a poly-rhythmic groove.NAXÖ performed and produced in clubs, theaters and festivals for over a decade. Most recently, NAXÖ performed at Colvin House in Evanston and Mary’s Attic above Hamburger Mary’s Chicago in Andersonville, Chicago. They opened for “Hello Psychaleppo” at YallaPunk, a 3 day international festival in Philadelphia, and also opened for “City Of Djinn” at The Empty Bottle in Chicago. At Flux Factory in NYC, NAXÖ was one of the headliners for Mark for Redaction. In Chicago, NAXÖ performed at ICUQTS, a 2 day queer transcendence symposium, and Trans Art Is series of exhibitions and performances in Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and another, Trans Art Is: Crossing Borders in Andersonville Galleria, and Trans Day of Visibility 2019 in Chicago Magic Lounge. NAXÖ was featured in Chicago Zine Festival on Trans and GNC Chicago emerging artists panel, and performed at Chicago Dyke March.