Sunday, January 22, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open one hour before show time) unique melange of theatre, improvised music, and poetry
$20.50 advance / $22.50 at door Purchase tickets online
January 22 8:00 pm
The Great Night of Rumi celebrates the 13th Century Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi along with fellow mystic poets Kabir, Hafez, and Rabindranath Tagore, bringing their moving works vividly to life through a richly woven tapestry of spoken word, music, and dance.
Dan and Dale Zola lead a multi-faceted exploration of these great mystics, expressing the passion and humor of their poems. Joining a diverse group of poetry presenters, musicians including Claude Palmer on oud (lute), Sheldon Brown on woodwinds, Arshad Sayeed on tabla, Gary Haggerty on saz (long-necked lute) and other Middle Eastern instruments, Bobby Eddins on bass, and Eric Oberthaler on keyboards improvise a musical setting for each poem. Rounding out the evening, Aziz, a Dervish, performs the ecstatic whirling dances that Rumi practiced.
Born in 1207 in what is now Afghanistan, Rumi was a brilliant spiritual master, founder of an order of Sufi mystics, and one of the world's greatest poets, composing over 70 thousand verses in his lifetime on themes of divine love, mystical passion, and ecstatic illumination. While he has had a profound historical influence on aesthetic expression in the world of Islam, Rumi only became widely known in the West over the past decade, as people discovered the great resonance of his poetry with its expressions of the universal longing for beauty, connection, and joy.
Listen to a reading from Rumi, as presented by Chetana Karel: