|In the Fire of Grace: Rumi's Journey of the Soul|
17 Dec 2013
The great Sufi Mystic and Poet Jalal-ud-din Rumi died at sunset on 17th December 1273 in the radiance of enlightenment.
In honour of this date, Hawkwood invites you to a special screening of In the Fire of Grace: Rumi’s Journey of the Soul featuring Iranian-born ecstatic Sufi dancer Banafsheh Sayyad dancing, and in conversation with Andrew Harvey, renowned mystical scholar and world authority on Rumi’s message of divine love and sacred activism.
Sole Satya will introduce the evening with a short talk about Rumi and mystical dance as a devotional path. After the film there will be an opportunity to dance in the Sufi style with simple movements and gentle whirling.
“Sole is the perfect person to introduce the evening. Her passion includes dance, therapy, healing, mystical traditions and embodiment,” says Katie Lloyd-Nunn, event organiser.
“Rumi’s poetry is very alive and Sufi mysticism is about embodying the Divine. I am very happy that Swithin Fry (local author,broadcaster and actor) will contribute readings of Rumi’s poetry during my talk,” says Sole.
This is a fundraising event for Hawkwood. Any income will go towards essential work on the ancient sycamore by the spring. There will be DVDs and books for sale, as well as some light refreshments.
Entry £12/ £9 conc. Advance booking advised. Tel., 01453 759034
Contact: Katie Lloyd-Nunn
Programme and Communications Manager
Tel. 01453 759034
When Andrew Harvey visited Hawkwood 6-9 September, he specifically asked us to show this DVD as a fundraising event for Hawkwood and to spread Rumi's message of Love through "networks of grace."
Banafsheh Sayyad teaches and performs worldwide a mesmerizing offering of the timeless sacred feminine inside a contemporary gypsy dervish.
“As an embodied mystic of the Divine Feminine, Banafsheh’s presentations are not performances but transmissions which transform your vision of dance forever. Dancer and dance become one initiatory flame of grace” - Andrew Harvey
Internationally-acclaimed Persian Sufi dance artist and transformational teacher, Banafsheh is a pioneer in a style she has created called Dance of Oneness®, which fuses rigorous dance technique with spiritual embodiment.
Born in Iran where women's public dancing is currently forbidden, Banafsheh is dedicated to bringing upliftment, liberation and joy to ALL through dance and movement. Her electrifying and wholly original dance style fuses together Flamenco, Tai Chi, Gurdjieff Movements and the sensuous ecstasy of Persian Dance with the austere rigor of Dervish whirling, "fusing ancient forms with a postmodern pu...nch" (LA Times).
Known for her innovative movement vocabulary, Banafsheh is one of the few bearers of the authentic Persian dance form in the world, an innovator of Sufi dance previously only performed by men. She is one of the only dance artists in the world who has mastered a fusion of high level dance technique with spirituality. Banafsheh’s dance is what “for the first time one could call contemporary or modern Persian Dance– a dance with its own artistic language, neither Eastern nor Western. The dance form created by Banafsheh Sayyad can only be called the Banafsheh Dance, representative of Persian culture much like how Flamenco is particular to the Spanish culture ...” (prominent Iranian critic, Shokooh Mirzadegi).
With an MFA in Dance from UCLA and an MA in Chinese Medicine, Banafsheh performs and teaches her fusion of dance and spirituality in NYC where she is based, and across North America, Europe and Turkey.
From a long lineage of performing artists, Banafsheh is the daughter of legendary performer, director and writer, Parviz Sayyad.
Her new DVD, In the Fire of Grace with Andrew Harvey traces Rumi’s journey of the Soul in Dance and can be ordered online at www.namah.net
“Part whirling dervish, part flamenco femme fatale, sensuous and audacious, Banafsheh’s dance is a mesmerizing foray into the body as trance mechanism; a DNA strand, supple, fluid and noble, come to life.”
- Los Angeles Times
For more information visit www.namah.net