“Everything in dance is poetry. Every movement describes a story, a feeling. The dancer takes the audience into a world of fairy tales.” ~Farima Berenji
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Workshops, Sema Gathering, and Norouz Performance
March 9 - March 11$10 – $25
Friday March 9, 7:30-10:00pm: Dance Performances and SemaPlan to join Farima Berenji and her Comox Valley Simorgh Collective at the Abbey Studio on for an evening of Persian traditional and sacred dance performances. The show will be followed by a Sema Gathering (Sufi Whirling) facilitated by Farima. With Farima’s guidance we will learn personal and spiritual Sema or Sufi Whirling as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music. Feel free to bring a percussion instrument or a poem to share. People that wish to participate in the Sema Gathering are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing and, socks or soft soled shoes are recommended for whirling.
7:30PM: Doors open
8PM-9PM: Traditional and sacred dance performances
9-10PM: Sema Gathering.
All are welcome and admission is sliding scale $10-$15 payable at the door.
Saturday, March 10: ZikrJoin us at the Abbey Studio on for a Zikr led by Farima. Zikr is a sufi meditation practice which uses repetitive simple movements and rhythmic chanting as a form of devotion. This evening event is also open to everyone and is done seated, either on the floor or on a chair making it accessible for those with mobility issues.
All are welcome to attend on a pay at the door donation basis.
For more information about these upcoming events call Cathy Stoyko at (250) 218-0704 or email Cathy.