The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance

By Joseph Campbell   |  Edited by Nancy Allison
This work is part of a series: Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, The (Series).

Dance was one of mythologist Joseph Campbell’s wide-ranging passions. His wife, Jean Erdman, was a leading figure in modern dance who worked with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. When Campbell retired from teaching in 1972, he and Erdman formed the Theater of the Open Eye, where for the next 15 years they presented a wide array of dance, theater, lectures, and performance pieces.

The Ecstasy of Being brings together seven of Campbell’s uncollected articles on dance with “Mythology and Form in the Performing and Visual Arts,” the previously unpublished treatise that he was working on when he died.

In this new collection Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the twentieth century; he delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan, Michio Ito, and more; and, as always, he probes the idea of art as “the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.” This book offers the reader an accessible, yet profound, and provocative, insight into Campbell’s lifelong fascination with the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human psychology.


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