Rumi Dance in California
Master sacred dancer and transformational teacher, Banafsheh presents dancing as a spiritual path and science of embodiment, fusing 3 dimensions: the art of dance, wisdom teachings and healing disciplines.
Dance of Oneness
Persian master dance performer and transformational teacher, Banafsheh Sayyad communicates the world-wide message of Sufi mysticism and Divine Feminine understanding in a passionate yet serenely meditative way. Her dance is an interplay between hypnotic trance and guided movement, precise yet abandoned and unrestrained. Her mind blowing yet fluid movement is sensual and ritualistic, uniting the feminine and masculine energies, body and soul, light and dark in a marriage of opposites. She triggers the ancient roots of dance as devotion, prayer and adoration while blazing an original trail in modern dance with her masterly fusion of high-level dance technique and spirituality.
Banafsheh’s compelling Dance of Oneness is a selection of Sufi dance and classical Persian dance which provides the eternal Divine Feminine inside an innovative gypsy dervish beckons you to engage, serve, exalt and accolade your sexuality as valuable. She is one of the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world, an innovator of Sufi dance previously only performed by men and a pioneer in modern Persian dance, all of which characterize the form she has created called Dance of Oneness® geared towards empowering women and men through sacred embodiment.
Banafsheh performs in a wide variety of venues ranging from proscenium theaters to alternative spaces such as churches, temples, outdoor stages and private events. She performs solo work with the option of 1 to 5 musicians and an orator.
Beloved is an evening-length multi-disciplinary dance, music and spoken word project created in partnership by Banafsheh, actor and director Shila Ommi who recites the poetry of Rumi, multi-instrumentalist and composer Tony Khalife who performs his original compositions, Pejman Hadadi, the foremost Iranian percussionist, and Ruth Cunningham, former vocalist with Anonymous 4.
Banafsheh and the music group ZARBANG’s exuberant evening-length work exploring the theme of surrendering oneself to the inner being seated in the temple of the Heart. Modern Persian dance and music consolidate with Flamenco and Dervish dance in this concert of enthusiastic improvisation. The recitation of Rumi poems in English interspersed with the original Persian nuance the evening. This program is with 4 musicians, with or without an orator.