Sunday, 26 April 2015

See The Wisdom of the Heavens – Sufi philosophy through dance, music and spoken word

Both male & female whirling dervishes participate in Tanju Hastunç's production

Renowned Cypriot theatre director Tanju Hastunç brings his stunning production The Wisdom of the Heavens to London. This inspiring show made its global debut at the historic Mevlevi Tekke (now Sufi museum and cultural centre) in Lefkoşa (North Nicosia), where audiences, both locals and tourists, could glance into the tranquil world of Sufism and its whirling dervish culture.

This new production, adapted for British audiences, again fuses together music, dance, visual effects and spoken word to present Sufi philosophy and the poetry of 13th century Muslim mystic Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi.

A man for all seasons, Rumi advocated tolerance, equality and brotherhood across all religious faiths. Translated into multiple languages, his poems and life philosophy capture the essence of universal love, peace and harmony and remain as popular as ever today, inspiring many spiritual converts to Sufism.

“Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, Worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times.
Come, yet again, come, come.”
– Rumi

The Wisdom of the Heavens comprises two parts. The first is the performance (70 mins) where Rumi's poems will be presented in Turkish and English, as the 'sema' – the whirling dance – is performed by both male and female whirling dancers. After a short interval, guests then participate in a workshop (90 mins) where they can enhance their knowledge, ask questions, learn and practice the basic principles of whirling. The workshop will be lead by Tanju Hastunç.

The event is the result of collaboration between the Dance of Light, Most Art Centre and Ayshe Gul Associates, and is sponsored by Cyprus Garden.

Performance dates: Sunday 26 April, Saturday 01* and Sunday 02 May 2015

Address:  Mostart Centre, 86 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PA
* (1st May only) Turkish Cypriot Community Association, 628 – 630 Green Lanes, Harringay, London N8 0SD
Start time:  7.30pm
Entry: £12
Info & tickets:  Call Emine Tatlises (Mostart) on 07846 813 320
Or contact the UK project co-ordinator Ayshe Gul: 07757 904 895 /

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