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Whirling ecstasy, spinning meditation
In 1207, Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi was born. He developed the principles of Islamic mysticism – known as Sufism. His son, Sultan Veled, founded the first order of the Whirling Dervishes (Mevlevi). Today, the ritual of the whirling dervishes is known worldwide. But what appears like a dance to us is in fact an act of worship. The repetitive spinning, a symbol for perfection and unity, leads the dervishes to the centre of their true self. It describes the spiritual journey of mankind to heaven. The Turkish Mevlevi emphasise – as part of their Asian culture – silent inner meditation. The Arabic orders increasingly concentrated on expressing the dance’s ecstatic component, the divine theatre, since the Arab world is also a part of Africa. Sarband dares to reunite contemplation and ecstasy, in the hope that this connection will amount to more than just the sum of its parts.
Join in the dance party at the styriarte.BALLROOM afterwards.