“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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April 2017

Sema Gathering and Workshop

April 15 @ 2:30 am - 4:00 pm
YogaInn, Birlik Mahallesi, 435. Cd (5. Cd.) No:65
Ankara, Turkey
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65TL

Learn the basic technique of Sufi whirling with emphasis on Khorasan and Uyghur Sema, its history, and theory. Farima’s teachings are based on Indo-Iranian ancient rituals, science of whirling, and the sacred geometry of whirling. We will learn essential techniques of whirling preparation, maintaining balance and posture, controlling dizziness, self-focus during turning, breath work, and more. Registration: 65TL if booked prior April 11, 75TL thereafter.

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Sacred Dance Performance

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
French Culture Institute, Konrad Adenauer Caddesi N°30, Yıldız Sancak Mahallesi
Ankara, 06550 Turkey
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Sacred dance performance by Farima Berenji accompanied by ney master, Oğuz Kaan Birhekimoğlu.

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Sufi Flamenco Workshop, Level 2

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ustaların Sahnesi, Acıbadem Mahallesi, Fatih Sokak, No: 6, Kat: -1, Bölüm: -22
KADIKÖY / İstanbul, Turkey
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50TL

Additional and advanced technique and choreography workshop in Sufi Flamenco fusion presented by Farima Berenji. Explore Sufi Flamenco fusion as a stunning journey from Southern Spain to Persia and Turkey. Learn the history and the beautiful movements of Flamenco, combined with Sufi Whirling traditions of Iran and Turkey in this workshop lead by Master Whirler and Dance Ethnologist Farima Berenji. There is a historic, lively cross-cultural exchange between the cultures surrounding the Mediterranean sea since the 11th century. In both…

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Baba Karam Dance Workshop

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ustaların Sahnesi, Acıbadem Mahallesi, Fatih Sokak, No: 6, Kat: -1, Bölüm: -22
KADIKÖY / İstanbul, Turkey
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55TL

Two hour Baba Karam dance workshop taught by Farima Berenji. Includes an introduction into the history of the late Qajar Dynasty. Jaheli or Baba Karam is a playful imitation of the machismo style of dance done by the working class men of Tehran. The dance illustrates typical movements inspired by tough street gang members of the Qajar era known as “Jahel”. Jâheli is part of an Iranian sub-culture that has its origins in the 9th and 10th century, a period…

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Solitude — Sacred Dance Performance

April 26 - April 27
Peter Barkworth Theatre, Stockport College, Wellington Road South
Stockport, SK1 3UQ United Kingdom
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£12

Farima performs as a guest artist in dance drama Solitude, a production directed by Ali Aminipour. Doors open at 6:30pm, April 26 and 27. Contact organizer for more details.

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Persian and Silk Road Dance — Free Class

April 27 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vision Dance Center, 375 Saratoga Ave. Suite B
San Jose, CA 95129 United States
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Free

Join us for a free introductory Persian and Silk Road dance class in honor of Bay Area Dance Week, April 21 - 30. Learn some fun classical and folkloric dances of the Silk Road and experience the beauty of its culture and history as well. See our event listing online among almost 300 Bay Area Dance Week events. Inspired by Persian poetry and miniature artwork, Persian and Silk Road dance combines swirling arabesques, sweeping gestures, shoulder isolations, footwork patterns, and…

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Sacred Dance Workshop

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hulme Park, 86 Royce Rd
Haulme , Manchester M15 5LA United Kingdom
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Farima’s signature project Dance of the Soul combines sacred and mystical whirling movements, Sufi traditions, and healing rituals of ancient Persia, Turkey, and the Altai Mountains. Learn both personal and spiritual whirling based on Farima’s archeological discoveries and research, and of Sufism and its connection to ancient Iranian Zoroastrianism, planets, stars, sacred flowers and animals—all of which have symbolic meaning in the universe to open the pathway to the soul.

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May 2017

Bay Area Belly Festival 2017

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Angelicas, 863 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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$20

Middle Eastern belly dance festival including performances by local artists, live music, and bazaar. The Farima Dance Company (Simorgh Dance Collective of San Jose) performs two Turkish folkloric dances on stage at 1:48pm.

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Sema workshop

May 9
Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, CA United States
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More details coming...

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Sufi Dance and Sound Healing Workshop

May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Convent Arts Collective, 660 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$30

The workshop will be held in a beautiful, historic chapel in the heart of San Francisco and will be taught by sound healer Gabriel Gold and Persian dance artist and Shamanic healer Farima Berenji. After a very successful, sold out workshop last January Gabriel and Farima decided to collaborate again, this time focusing on the "Spirals of Life" as the theme. We will seek the foundation of spiritual healing through sacred sound and movement, embodying song and movement founded on…

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