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"Sufí dance & Ney concert": a charity event. The UA stands by refugees

Alicante, 9 May 2016

Turkish music and dance will fill the UA Auditorium next Friday, 20 May at 7 p.m., thanks to the show “Sufí dance & Ney concert”. It is a charity event whose benefits will go to the Spanish Red Cross’ project “Help and collaboration for the refugee crisis”. Tickets are currently available for €5 at several sale points (which are shown at the bottom) and at the Auditorium itself an hour before the show. All funds raised will go to the Syrian refugees.

The show, which is sponsored by Alicante Turkish House, focuses on Sema, a long-standing Eastern traditional ceremony that often includes meditation and dancing, among other rituals, and is known for its symbolism and importance. The Dervishes’ dance show will be accompanied by a Sufi and Mediterranean music recital given by renowned Granadan musician Hamza Castro.


The Sema

Origin

It is told that Sema (sam%u0101) is “the cure and nourishment of the soul”. Thousands of years ago, shamans already whirled in their healing rituals, and they keep doing so nowadays. Great Persian poet and Sufi mystic from the thirteenth century Jal%u0101l ad-D%u012Bn Muhammad R%u016Bm%u012B (aka Rumi or Mawl%u0101n%u0101) established this beautiful ceremony as we know it today in Konya (Anatolia Region, Turkey). The tradition has been transmitted up to our days by the Sufi Mevlevi order.

Danza-meditacion Sema

Symbolism

“The whole universe whirls”. The Sema dance (or Sufi whirling) “imitates the movement of the universe, so the dancer’s body spins in repetitive circles by focusing on the heart, which is the centre of human beings”. Nevertheless, the Sema also has other symbols: “the left hand points up to the sky, and the right hand points down to the earth, which symbolises the act of giving the spiritual gifts we receive from God to humanity”. According to the Quran, another symbolic representation for the spinning movement is that “no matter where we look, we will only see the face of our God”. In addition, Sufi whirling “benefits self-consciousness, for that music and dance stimulate inner listening” (“sam%u0101” literally means  “listening”).

Danza-meditacion Sema

The Mevlevi Order is an ascetic Sufi order founded in 1273 in Konya. They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of Sufi whirling. After a recommended time of fasting, the Whirling Dervishes start to spin on their left feet by making a series of short torsion movements and using their right foot to make their bodies whirl over the left.

"The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony" of Turkey has been proclaimed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Hamza Castro

Hamza Castro

Neyzen Hamza Castro is a Spanish self-taught artist from the region of Granada whose music has many varied influences. He is known for combining Eastern and Western musical instruments with research on cultures and musical innovation. He is also famous for creating synergies between different music genres from all around the world (flamenco, classical, Turkish and Sephardic music, music from the region of Al Andalus, etc.) in order to create new and innovating cultural tendencies. He has been taught and influenced by numerous great neyzens such as Abdelouahid Senhaji, Dr. Oruç Guvenc, Ahmed Sahin and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, who instilled the art and the true essence of playing the ney (an end-blown flute that figures prominently in Middle Eastern music) and marked the beginning of Castro’s fascination for the instrument and its spirituality.

Sale points:


Casa Turca de Alicante (Alicante Turkish House)
c/ Doctor Just, 4A
Tel: 657 99 57 76
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Friday


Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross Alicante)
Glorieta de la Solidaridad, 1
Tel: 965 25 41 41
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from Monday to Friday

Solidaridad Internacional del País Valenciano (Spanish NGO)
c/ Poeta Campos Vasallo, 12
Tel: 965 21 82 39
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Friday
                          10.30 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturdays

Librería Compás (Compás bookshop)
Sant Vicent del Raspeig campus,
University of Alicante
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m to 8 p.m., from Monday to Friday

Oxfam Intermón Alicante (Spanish NGO)
Calle del Teatro, 48
Tel: 965 21 68 23
Opening hours: 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m to 8.30 p.m., from Monday to Saturday

 

This event has been organised by the University of Alicante, the Culture Department of the Alicante City Council  and Alicante Turkish House, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to create closer ties with Spanish people in the region, and to introduce Turkish culture and its traditions by organising different events and activity programmes.

 

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