Friday, Dec. 20, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 22, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
WOW Dance Istanbul/SUMAHAN
Bankalar Caddesi Yanıkkapı Sokak No.3 Suma Han Karaköy
34421 Istanbul, Turkey
Persian and Silk Road Dance Workshop with Farima Berenji.
Journey into the legendary Silk Road and explore the wonders, legends, culture, history, music, and dances of Persia and the Silk Road. In these workshops learn of ancient, sacred, classical and folkloric dance, dance technique and expression, as well as history, music, and costuming.
Experience one of the world's most enchanting dances! Persian classical and sacred dances are inspired by Persian poetry, miniature artwork, and sacred elements and animals. Many great Persian poets extolled dance in their poems and used it as a symbol of the power of life and represented dance as a spiritual instrument to become one with God. Persian classical dance comes from a 5000 year old culture and its movements often combine swirling arabesques, sweeping gestures, shoulder isolations, footwork patterns, and dazzling spins.
This workshop includes a lecture and presentation on the culture and dance history of the Persian Classical era of the 16-17th century, its poetry and arts, costuming, and music. Dance technique, style, expression, and choreography will next be covered. We will also learn the how to incorporate the movements and feelings of ancient sacred elements and animals into our dance.
Experience the art of turning and its effect on dance and healing. We will learn various turning techniques of spotted and non-spotted turns then learn and differentiate the beautiful and elegant styles of dance turns from Persia and Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan), the various ballet and modern forms as well as personal and spiritual turns. We will conclude the workshop with a "Gawati Dance" (an ancient trance and turning healing movement and prayer from southern Iran).
We will be accompanied by special guest musicians playing live music.
Explore Samarkand and Bukhara and learn of its Central Asian dance traditions, cultures, and history that have existed for two thousand years. These dances were influenced by the cultures of India, China, Persia and Arabia and by as far away as Europe. We will learn the wonderful history and cross-cultural influence of the Silk Road and its arts to the world and learn various dance styles including Bukhara, Khorezm and Ferghana, which are the three main ancient kingdoms of the Silk Road and which all have evidence of ties to ancient spiritual roots.
Join us for an improvisational sema whirling and Sufi music program. You're welcome to practice what you'll learn about whirling during sema.
Enjoy dance performances of the Silk Road with Farima Berenji and guest artists to live music.
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Halanda Dance Studio
1062 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA
Learn personal and spiritual Sema (Sufi Whirling) as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music. In the first part of the gathering we will learn and discuss sacred and Sufi poetry and teachings of Rumi and Shams, as well as Hafez, Saadi, Omar Khayyam, and other Sufi masters and learn to incorporate movements to their poems (Poetry in Motion). We will then progress into dance and music therapy, followed by whirling sessions, ending with Zikr. Feel free to bring a poem to share or play us your favorite musical instrument. Please wear white or light colored clothing and wear socks or soft soled shoes.