|Whirling dervishes performing at Cadogan Hall in 2007. Photo: Chris Christoforou|
An event in central
presenting the Mevlevi spiritual traditions of music and dance from has sold
out. A capacity audience of 953 people are expected at Cadogan Hall on Friday evening
to see the Konya Sufi Music Ensemble, where musicians and whirling dervishes
will perform a ceremony based on the teachings established by the 13th-century
Muslim scholar, poet and mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Turkey
The Sema ceremony comprises of seven sections of both vocal and instrumental compositions that use contrasting rhythmic cycles performed by a small group of singers, a neyzen (flute-player), a kettledrummer and a cymbal player.
|Cadogan Hall, 2007. Photo: Chris Christoforou|
Friday’s event was free to the public, with just a booking fee charged, following the generous sponsorship of the event by the Turkish Embassy, Yunus Emre Institute
, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office and Ziraat Bank. London
Cadogan Hall, in
Chelsea, has previously hosted whirling
dervishes from as part of UNESCO’s ‘Year of Rumi’. Turkey
The performance in 2007, also a sell-out, formed part of the 800th anniversary world tour to commemorate the life and work of Mevlana Rumi.