Clip from the DVD of: In the Fire of Grace
This clip is from the dance, Lover Embodied
Choreography and Dance: Banafsheh
Music: Babak Sharifimajd and Pejman Hadadi from their album Release
Recitation: Andrew Harvey
Working on this piece was both challenging and rewarding. I subjected myself to the essence of what I was trying to portray. Love is like a knife that carves out the impurities and the aspects of us that don’t serve the cultivation of our true selves and certainly don’t serve the world! Love is fierce and everything that is not love surfaces in the presence of love, so we can learn to love them. I resonate deeply with the original Persian of the opening lines of this poem. (more…)
Question and Answer session with Andrew Harvey and Banafsheh follow the screening of the film.
In The Fire of Grace: Dancing Rumi’s Journey of the Soul — a DVD of Dance and Passion with Banafsheh Sayyad and Andrew Harvey. Followed by a Q&A session.
– 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
The evening includes:
A presentation on Rumi and the relevance of his message in our time by Andrew Harvey
Screening of the film, IN THE FIRE OF GRACE – Rumi’s Journey of the Soul in Dance
Short Dance Performance by Banafsheh
Dialogue on Rumi
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