Question and Answer session with Andrew Harvey and Banafsheh follow the screening of the film.
– Screening of the film, IN THE FIRE OF GRACE
– Andrew Harvey Presents Rumi, the Prophet of Love, and his Message for our Time
– DVD Signing with Banafsheh and Andrew Harvey
Followed by Q&A
Film screening and presentation on Rumi with guest Andrew Harvey. Fundraising for La Casa de Maria and OPUS Archives & Research Center. In The Fire of Grace: Dancing Rumi’s Journey of The Soul: A DVD of Dance and Passion.
Meet & Greet
7 – 8 pm
Wine and refreshments will be served
8 – 9:30 pm
~Selected excerpts of
In The Fire of Grace
a film with Banafsheh Sayyad & Andrew Harvey
~Short performance by Banafsheh Sayyad, with recitation by renowned
Mystic and Author Andrew Harvey
~Recitation by acclaimed Writer and Journalist Homa Sarshar
~Presentation by Andrew Harvey
~Photo Exhibit by Mehri Sahihi
Price of admission includes the DVD, In the Fire of Grace as a special gift
In In the Fire of Grace, Banafsheh interprets five stages of the soul’s archetypal journey to union with the Beloved in movement that marries as Rumi’s mystical vision does, the serene peace with the fierce gorgeous passion of the divine. She is accompanied by Andrew Harvey as the voice of Rumi, summoning her deeper into the flames of death and rebirth.
Andrew Harvey is the renowned mystical scholar, Rumi translator, poet, spiritual teacher, writer of over 30 books, and architect of Sacred Activism. Harvey’s Rumi is a thunderous, poignant Shakespeare of the soul, catching one unaware and making retreat impossible. The dances are illumined by discussions exploring the urgency of Rumi’s message to our turbulent world and the devastating, glorious paradoxes of the mystical journey.
“As an embodied mystic of the divine feminine, her presentations are not performances but transmissions which transform your vision of dance forever. Dancer and dance become one initiatory flame of grace.”
“Part whirling dervish, part flamenco femme fatale, sensuous and audacious, Banafsheh’s dance is a mesmerizing foray into the body as trance mechanism; a DNA strand, supple, fluid and noble, come to life.”
Los Angeles Times
A mixed event of Screening and Performance featuring:
Rabbi David Ingber
Featuring clips of In the Fire of Grace, discussions…
and performances by Banafsheh and Haale