Episode #30: Collective Intention – Gary Lachance & the Decentralized Dance Party

This episode reflects on the exuberance of the Decentralized Dance Party from the point of view of a forest’s quiet clearing. I walk and talk with DDP creator Gary Lachance about the past, present, and future of this unique form of participatory public art. Championing the values of decentralization and inclusivity, the DDP facilitates opportunities for people to meet in public places and interact on a deeper level than mere verbal exchange permits; the DDP highlights a strata of connection often ignored by society: a bodily layer of communication that is accentuated in dancing and gestural expression. Commitment to decentralization, however, can exact personal costs for the organizers of these public celebrations. So here Gary Lachance joins me in tilting an ear toward the mother of all decentralization, the forest floor. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on November 24, 2015. 

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