Whirling Dervishes of Turkey Perform

Posted: November 3, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey will perform a 700-year-old sacred ritual rarely seen in the western world Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Performing the religious Sema, the Sufi ritual of spiritual rebirth, the Dervishes allow the audience to become voyeurs of a mesmerizing spectacle.

As the sound of drums breaks the silence, the dancers transform themselves into a state of unconsciousness with a combination of chanting and twirling, and the music ranges from somber to rhapsodic. The ritual, described as one of the world’s most beautiful expressions of spirituality and art, commemorates the life and teachings of 13th century poet and Sufi mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.

An artistic discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall. For tickets call (703) 218-6500 or visit tickets.com online.

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