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January 2020

Journey of the Simorgh

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027 United States
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$35 – $40

A dance and music concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dances choreographed by Farima Berenji, Persian music performed by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble, and expertly narrated by award winning actor and director Sadegh Hatefi. "It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight. He let a feather float down through the air, And rumors of…

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February 2020

Whirling Workshop Series 1: Exploring Sense of Self

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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$35

Learn the fundamentals of turning and how it enables you to find a sense of self and a connection between body, mind, and spirit. Discover the vital balance in the rhythm of your breathing, movement, posture, and concentration. At first, it can take great effort to combine all of these elements in harmony, but with practice, you will learn to whirl indefinitely, relax, and open the heart, body, and mind. Register online For more information, call the Montalvo Box Office…

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Tarsa

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Performance Arts Center, Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd
San Jose, CA 95135 United States
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$25 – $30

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzMwSDRvEtU&w=560&h=315] From the mystic East comes an epic tale befitting Romeo and Juliet, a tale of love between a Sufi Shaikh, a Christian maiden, and a simple love that grows despite the divisions of their beliefs. Based on the 12th century story by Attar of Nishapur, Tarsa is a dance drama accompanied by traditional Persian music played live and expertly narrated by award winning Iranian actor and director Sadegh Hatefi. The story is as follows: San'an, a celebrated sheikh,…

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Dance of the Soul (Sufi Whirling Workshop & Gathering)

February 29 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
$15 – $20

Join us at our monthly Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with live/recorded music, meditation, whirling, Zikr (Sufi Prayer) and Sohbet (Sufi Talk). We will create a sacred, supportive space where we can all release whatever energy no longer serves us, relax and open our heart, body, and mind. We will discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals – a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation– through movement, music, love, and stillness. Be moved by beautiful, sacred…

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March 2020

Whirling Workshop Series 2: Emptiness as Fullness

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Villa, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, PO Box 158
Saratoga, California 95071 United States
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$35

Emptiness as Fullness: In Nothingness, We Find Everything Sufis believe that as you whirl, you find harmony in the motion of the universe, that as you turn with outstretched arms, you collect the energy from your environment -- enabling you to direct it within yourself and back to the earth. In this class, we will learn turning techniques and movements as we explore the notion of emptiness as fullness. Register online For more information, call the Montalvo Box Office at…

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Dance of the Soul: Sufi Whirling Workshop and Gathering

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818 United States
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$25

Join Farima for a Sufi Whirling Workshop and Sema Gathering, with sacred music, meditation, and whirling. We will create a sacred, supportive space where we can all release whatever energy no longer serves us, relax and open our heart, body, and mind. We will discover the power and mystery of ancient dances and rituals – a gateway for self-growth and spiritual transformation– through movement, music, love, and stillness. Be moved by beautiful, sacred music. Overview Our gathering is NOT a…

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Norouz: History and Meaning

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Free

Norouz is the traditional spring and new year celebration of Persian and Central Asian people. Norouz means “New Day” and it falls on the March equinox, the first day of spring. Families on Norouz get together and wait for the exact time it is declared, exchange gifts and eat a traditional food. It's a time to get together and celebrate ancestry and family. Farima will introduce the meaning of Norouz and will speak of its fun traditions, symbolic meanings, folk…

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CANCELLED – Norouz Gala

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008 United States

CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings Celebrate Norouz with dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Nowruz celebrates the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years.

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CANCELLED – Naw-Ruz Performances

March 22 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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CANCELLEDdue to concerns regarding the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mass gatherings The Simorgh Dance Collective will be showcasing Persian and Silk Road dances in honor of the Persian celebration of Spring--Norouz. Guests are most welcome at this joyous celebration on the occasion of the Spring Festival. Enjoy an array of international talents followed by a lunch reception.

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April 2020

POSTPONED – Dance of the Soul Workshop

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
East/West Bookstore, 324 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041 United States
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$25

Postponed until June. Discover the power and mystery of whirling as a gateway for self-growth and spiritual enlightenment through movement, music, and meditation. Inspired by nature, ancient Iranic rituals, the science of whirling, and the beautiful spiritual traditions of Sufism, join Farima to learn the essentials of whirling meditation including preparation, balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus, breathwork, and more. Whirling in the practice of devotion, healing, and meditation originated thousands of years ago with the ancient Persians using it…

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