A Turkish Sufi whirling dance group is set to introduce the ritual dance of Sufism, an Islamic sect, to Taiwan audiences. The first of three performances will take place at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall on Feb. 25.
The spinning dance is both a ritual in Sema, Sufism's worship ceremony, and part of Turkish tradition, history, and culture. The dancers, also known as dervishes or semazens, spin freely and spontaneously, seeking spiritual perfection through the act of abandoning personal desires and focusing on God.
Formed by the Turkey-based PacificCountries Social and Economic Solidarity Association, the group will dance to traditional Turkish music in camelhair hats and wide white skirts.
The two remaining performances are scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Taipei Cultural Center (臺北市立社會教育館; 02-25775931 ext. #266) and March 1 at the Kaohsiung Municipal Social Education Center (高雄市立社會教育館; 07-8034473 ext. #208).
Tickets to all three performances are free of charge. Please contact each host venue for further ticketing information.