For 750 years, the writings of Persian poet and Sufi mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi have continued to resonate. Many of his insights came through his encounter with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi. It set him on an inner roller coaster that challenged him to let go of his knowledge and reach for a higher level. A tour de force that still captures the imagination today.
A brand new ensemble seizes upon Rumi's life's journey and his special connection with Shams for an all-encompassing spectacle, complete with a unique setting, dazzling dance and poetry.
Osama Abdulrasol (composition, qanun, oed), Farnoosh Khodadadeh (daf, vocals), Pelin Başar (ney, vocals), Shahab Azinmehr (setar, vocals), Damla Aydin (cello), François Taillefer (multi-percussion), Khaled Al-Hafez (vocals), Işıl Bıçakçı (choreography, dance), Griet Desutter (word), Filip Standaert (direction)
Filip Standaert, Osama Abdulrasol and Farnoosh Khodadadeh (concept), Alexander Ronsse (scenography and lighting design), Jonas Slaats (theologian and consulting dramaturgy), Inge Coleman (costumes)
Blending the melodic patterns of Arabic and Persian music with Turkish influences creates a whole new emotional register. One that gives room to rediscover Rumi's incredible work and inner revolution.
So immerse yourself in a story of fear in uncertain times, violence and egos, but in spite of it all, a story of boundless love.
Osama Abdulrasol is a composer, producer, canoeist and visual artist. Born in Babylon, he studied Western music (classical guitar) in the United Kingdom and Eastern music (canoeing or Arabic lap harp) in Iraq. In his numerous projects for film, theater and music, you can always hear his rich background, with influences from Arabic, Jazz, experimental, Indian, Turkish bands and more.
Last seasons he composed for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and around Flemish Masters, 'Rumi Passion' is his next tour de force. It promises to be a true masterpiece.
Season opener centered around a special encounter, with mystical music, dazzling dance and poetryStart: 20:15 Sold out
A co-production of Ha Concerts and De Centrale, Cluster, Voem, Evil Penguin TV and Handelsreizigers in Ideeën.
With the support of the City of Ghent, Flanders and the Tax Shelter measure.
photo © Theatech
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