Whirling Dervishes to perform unique revolving dance at Penn State

September 22, 2004

The Whirling Dervishes, an Islamic Turkish spiritual group founded in the 13th century by Muslim poet and philosopher Jalal al-Din Rumi, will perform their unique ritual revolving dance in a three-part program at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Schwab Auditorium, University Park. The performance is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained at Eisenhower Auditorium, the HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk or the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.

The three-part program will include an introduction to the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, which make up one branch of the Sufi tradition of Islam; an improvisational music performance on the reed flute; and the Dervishes' Sema ritual or revolving dance. The dancers, cloaked in white robes, will be accompanied by spiritual Sufi music performed live on traditional instruments dating back to the time of Rumi.

The Whirling Dervishes also will participate in a classroom discussion at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 in 110 Music Building II, University Park. This presentation is open to the public, but seating is limited.

The Dialog Forum, a Penn State student group that promotes intercultural and interfaith dialogue, organized the Whirling Dervishes' visit to Penn State.

For more information on the Whirling Dervishes, visit http://www.whirlingdervishesofrumi.com

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