Exhausting the Body

12th-13th. July. 2019. Berlin
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Kareem Ghoneim with Paganland

The whirling dance of the dervish has been a custom practice of devotion across the Middle East for centuries and is a dance meditation technique predominantly but not exclusively practiced by Sufis.  The act of whirling itself however, has manifested in many cultures and time periods throughout history. The whirling trance can invoke heightened emotions and an introspection within the mind and body alike which may lead to an entranced state of ecstasy, by overcoming the confusing signals that the body experiences in this state, focusing on the simplicity of the movement and emptying one's thoughts. 

In this piece "A Prayer in Chains", performed with live Iranian musicians local to Berlin, Paganland, we will be exploring a contemporary spin on an ancient practice.