Byron Bay local, Leeorah Hursky, has briefly returned to town after spending the last five years in Africa.
She will be presenting Soul Dance, a one-woman show. This performance covers her adventures around the world experiencing the mystery of the Hawaiian shamans, the grace of an Indian guru and the passion of Cuban dance.
Tell me about your inspiration for Soul Dance?
Soul Dance literally came about by default. I had a botched experience with a film company and at the time of that experience I met a well-known LA producer who was adamant that I should have my own show. On top of that there was my friend, also from LA, who was visiting me in South Africa and was also was insisting I do my own show. There was a small gap in her schedule in which I could perform this show. I booked a theatre in Cape Town and then thought, ‘holy crap what am I going to do’. This was two weeks before the show. As it happened there was so much material bursting to come out of me. The show was amazing with a standing ovation.
I have worked for the last twenty-odd years as an international healer and in my work I was able to ‘step into the client’s shoes’ and invite balance from that spot. So although I have absolutely no acting training at all, my life skills were preparing me for the show. I am used to working with large audiences, mainly as a healer, and often in those experiences it becomes very melodramatic as people shift. Now with the medium of Soul Dance people are touched in a different way, humorously and lightly. I bring my own life story forward with its bumps and grooves, as an example, and in this invitation people are inspired. I also, from the point of view as a healer (by the way, I have been trained by numerous kahuna teachers directly), am able to express complexities in a simple way.
How much of your personal experience is embedded in the dance?
The show is unscripted as each audience will invoke different stories. I am so looking forward to the Byron show as here people talk my language, so to speak. Here I will even share the beauty of the best lover. The show will then go to London,
What style do you dance in? Are you professionally trained? Have you developed your own style?
Soul Dance was an incorporation of all my talents as I am also an artist and it is my paintings that direct the show. I also have a love of dancing and even though I am a big woman it has never stopped me. It certainly might have stopped a few men being brave enough to dance with me. The Soul Dance story is my uncovering my potential as a dancer and once again untrained and actually finding a dance that is so hot and sexy that it fits my bill. I touch on different styles of dance in the performance but to see the ultimate sexy intimate dance you have to front up to the show. A small hint on its origins is Africa, my original homeland.
What do you believe is the essence of a great dance performance?
I believe we all think or want to be a dancer. Deep down inside us lives that dream, that we will be gracefully swept across the dance floor by Patrick Swayze. I have been gutsy enough despite all my voluptuous curves to throw myself out there.
Why do you think dance has such appeal for audiences?
My aim of soul dancing as the next step in my career from heavy-duty healing sessions is to joyfully inspire people to be brave enough to live their dreams. Trust me, a happy woman is a very seductive woman. And you are never to old to be seductive!
Byron Theatre, Friday 24 January.