Sufi Mysticism Dance in Washington
Master sacred dancer and transformational instructor, 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 artist and transformational instructor, Banafsheh Sayyad communicates the common message of Sufi mysticism and Divine Feminine knowledge in a passionate yet serenely meditative way. Her dance is an interplay between trance and directed movement, precise yet abandoned and unrestrained. Her explosive 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 hypnotic Dance of Oneness is a mixture of Sufi dance and classical Persian dance that provides the timeless Divine Feminine inside a contemporary gypsy dervish beckons you to engage, serve, exalt and honor your sexuality as valuable. She is one of the few bearers of authentic Persian dance in the world, an innovator of Sufi dance earlier only carried out 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 executes 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. Contemporary Persian dance and music blend with Flamenco and Dervish dance in this concert of passionate 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.