Yesterday I went to El Darawish Ensemble’s performance in the Opera, it was my first time to attend the sema ceremony and I really enjoyed it. The Turkish ministry of culture also organized a mini reception with Turkish food and souvenirs!I think that there is another performance tomorrow in Alexandria.
The performance was inspiring. I only wished that they would have done it in el samaakhana, but I know that the size limit may have been an obstacle for receiving a large number of people.
I hope they would do another one in the circular stage, I think it would be an AMAZING experience!
“The Mevlevi Order or the Mevleviye are a Sufi order founded by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi in 1273 in Konya (in Turkey at present). They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of Allah).
The Sema represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to “Perfect.” Turning towards the truth, the follower grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives at the “Perfect.” He then returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mevlevi)
Tonight there is an interesting concert in the gardens of the opera house, there is a French percussion group called “Les Tambours Du Bronx“. Les TAMBOURS DU BRONX have 17 musicians on stage surrounded by synthetic sounds, samples, and singing, all in time with the powerful rhythm.
I don’t know what’s with the music these days 🙂 Friday: SOS, Sunday: Mevlevi dance and Turkish music, and Monday: Les Tambours !