March 19-22, 2009  

Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being and Healing Conference


(please click on "Schedule>Presenters" to view the complete schedule of panels and workshops)


  • 1-5pm Pre-Conference Workshop with Bradford Keeney: Life Force Theatre: An Introduction to Shaking Ecstasy
  • 8pm Keynote Address with Bradford Keeney: Shaking The Original Path to Ecstasy & Healing. Reception


  • 7:30 am East Duke Parlors open for coffee and tea
  • 7:45-8:45am Yoga/Meditation/Chanting
  • 9-12:30pm Presentation/Panel/Workshop/Film Screening Sessions
  • 12:30-2pm All-Conference Lunch (Fri), Lunch on your own (Sat)
  • 5:30-6:30pm East Duke Parlors open for Social Hour, Networking
  • 6:30pm Dinner on your own


  • 8pm Performance by Kurdish musician Ferhat Tunc, Laments for Rebels and Soldiers. Tickets for this performance are not included in the conference package and are available at www.
  • 9-11pm World Music Celebration- A collaborative effort celebrating global sacred music, featuring Afro-Latin percussionist Robert Cantrell, spiritual music duo Wind and Stars featuring Will Ridenour (kora) and Betsy Bevan (piano), and World Music DJs/Percussionists Porangui and Steven Feinberg.


  • 7:30pm Shuttle bus from East Campus to Hayti Heritage Center for solo dance performance Ebhofolo (THIS MADNESS) by Vincent Mantsoe at 8pm. Post-performance Reception


  • 8-9am Yoga/Meditation/Chanting
  • 11am-12:30pm Closing Ceremony – Bantaba led by Baba Chuck Davis
Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing is sponsored by the Duke University Dance Program, with support from a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; and the Robertson Scholars Program Collaboration Fund. Co-Sponsors include the Duke University Department of Theater Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Religion, Graduate Liberal Studies, The Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University Music Department and the Women’s Studies Program.

2009 Conference Keynote Speaker and Performer

Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., will lead a pre-conference workshop and deliver the keynote address on Thursday, March 19, 2009. His field studies on healing and shamanism are chronicled in the critically acclaimed book series, Profiles of Healing, an eleven-volume encyclopedia of the world’s healing practices. He is the author of Shaking Medicine : the Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement. Read more >
Bradford Keeney website:

Vincent Mantsoe, a South African dancer and choreographer, will lead a workshop on Friday, March 20 and present the keynote performance on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Mantsoe merges several movement influences into “Afro-fusion”, drawing on traditional African dance forms with a contemporary approach from modern, ballet and Asian forms such as Tai Chi, Martial Art and traditional Balinese dance. Read more >
Vincent Mantsoe website: