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Noureddin Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damas - NOSPR

Noureddin Khourchid & the Whirling Dervishes of Damas

Cyril Zannettacci
Performers
Noureddine Khourchid and the whirling dervishes of Damascus:
Noureddine Khourchid – leading voice
Abdulrahman Modawar – solo, chorus, riq
Mohamad Kahil – solo, chorus, daf
Hassan Arbach – solo, chorus
Adel Halima – chorus
Hamdi Malas – chorus, daf
Mohamad Kodmani
Hatem Aljamal – whirling dervish
Yazan Aljamal – whirling dervish
Ahmad Altair – whirling dervish
Program
Sufi songs and dances

„Ask not for that which you are not able to bear” – answered Rumi, a great Sufi poet and the founder of the whirling dervishes fraternity, when his disciples tried to learn what had actually happened between him and his spiritual leader Shams-i-Tabrīzī. After the first time he had parted with his master, Rumi fell into a mournful trance: he started reciting poems, circling around a pole in the garden until he lost his senses. From the outset, Sufism was a mystical direction within Islam; its aim is ecstasy, a complete unity with God reached through ascesis and comtemplation. Sufism is doubtlessly related to Christianity, even though its sources are also linked to Indian and Persian asceticism. Similarly to other mystical movements, however, it hides a paradox within: on the one hand, the union with the Divine is reached by means most sophisticated in their aesthetics, while, on the other hand, the ascesis leading to the ecstasy is in its essence anti-intellectual. Therefore, the beauty of the dance the word, and the melody ought to be treated as a means and not an end in itself. The singing which accompanies the dervishes’ “meditation” in dancing is of a deeply internal nature: richly ornamented, it expresses the singer’s spiritual state and individuality, it develops with growing intensiveness of the trance, at its peak moment transgressing all boundaries of conscious perception of music. The listeners, and at the same time viewers, of the concert featuring Noureddine Khourshid will be offered an unrepeatable chance of penetrating the sense of what is now happening in Syria – the mystery of a tragedy beyond all boundaries of human reason.

Dorota Kozińska

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