Farima Berenji returns to The Abbey Studio Cumberland March 14, 15 and 16th
Join us for a magical weekend of sacred and tradition dances from the Silk Road!
Friday March 14th, ‘Poetry In Motion’
An evening of Sacred and tradition dance performances by Farima Berenji and friends followed by a Sema Gathering. With Farima’s guidance learn personal and spiritual Sema (Sufi Whirling) as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music.
Feel free to bring a poem to share, snacks or drinks to share and percussion instruments.
Please wear white or light colored clothing and wear socks or soft soled shoes.
All welcome, sliding scale $10-$15 at the door
Doors open at 6:30, performances 7:30, Sema Gathering 8:30-10
*this is included if you are registered for the weekend intensive
Saturday March 15th~ Persian Miniature Dance
Experience one of the world’s most enchanting dances. Persian Miniature Art dances are inspired by medieval Persian poetry and miniature artwork, combining the elements of sacred animals. Persian Miniature dance comes from an ancient culture of 5000 years and its movements often reflect the swirling of a birds, beautiful gesture and feelings, footwork patterns, and dazzling spins. We will focus on various expression and feelings used in Persian Classical dances and work on various motion and techniques. Samples of Persian Miniature art work will be shown in class for inspiration and re-creation of the art works into dance. Please feel free to bring an art work or a picture that inspires you.
1 hour potluck/lunch break
1:30PM-3:30PM followed by Q&A
Sunday March 16th~ Afghani Dance Workshop
Afghanistan is a multicultural land, which lies on the crossroads of major civilizations. Due to its borders with China, Pakistan, Iran and the Republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the cultures of Afghanistan have many faceted influences. In this workshop we will sample various forms of Afghani dances, including party style dancing, Loghari (stop dance), Herati, and Attan- the national folk dance of Afghanistan, followed by a fun Choreography in the afternoon. The workshop will also include a short background history of culture, music, and costuming.
1 hour linch break/potluck
1:30-3:30PM followed by Q&A
*No pre registration needed for the Friday night event, all are welcome, pay at the door.
The Abbey is located at the corner of 1st & Pentrith Ave. in Cumberland.