Listening proposes a dance as a sonic experience and is an exploration of the relationship of movement and sound through a practice of active listening. I am engaging specifically with the dance form Bharatanatyam, a descendant of the temple and court dances of South India. This dance tradition has gone through a history of being abolished, colonized and is today performed as a re-invented form. After years of training and performing and taking a break to comprehend the meaning of a form developing from a ritual to a so called classical dance, this listening practice enables me to re-enter the vocabulary, music, philosophy, mythology and science of the dance to unlearn and relearn what it teaches about being, the body, and its relationship to space. It is a poetic and critical proposal to dig into passed on knowledge teaching about the body and the environment through a decolonial, queer and ecological lens and asks who, how and what, both the ideas of tradition and progress serve and how to rethink and embody them within an artistic practice.