Dances with Rumi

Article Published: Jan. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Dances with Rumi

Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and mystic

Persian poet's words put to music, dance Jan. 23-24

"I Have a Dream" Week celebrates more than the life and work of Martin Luther King. It is also a celebration of unity in diversity. Eight hundred years after the passing of Jelalludin Rumi, a mystical Persian poet, his inspired words of Divine Love speak to us as the most widely read poetry in America today.

On Sunday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m., five performers will collaborate to present "Dances with Rumi," the poetry of Rumi to the accompaniment of flute, sitar, percussion and dance. Originally from England, Adrian Vyner-Brooks came to the U.S. in 1980 and settled in North Carolina in 1995. In 2007, he started reciting the poetry of Rumi in performance. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, Donna, two dogs and a regal cat.

Flutist Akal Dev Sharonne has been performing in the High Country since moving here in 1988, following three years in North Carolina's prestigious Visiting Artist Program. She has been performing Rumi since 1995, appearing at the Joyce Soho Theater in New York City, Appalachian State University, and many other venues on the east coast.

Local photographer and musician Todd Bush has played sitar since childhood and studied classical Indian music and sitar with international performing artist Hasu Patel.

Rob Falvo is the professor of percussion at ASU. His illustrious career has included performances with major orchestras and chamber ensembles. Falvo is a disciple of Sharda Sahai, one of the world's leading exponents of tabla (Indian drum).

Mekare of Winston-Salem is a sacred dancer and body therapist. She has performed sacred dance throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe. Mekare performed in an offering of the Tara Mandala Dance for the Dalai Lama. She has been a deep lover of Rumi since she was a young girl.

The performance will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone, located on Councill Street, directly behind Earth Fare. A donation of $5-$10 is requested to cover production costs, compensation to St. Luke's, and performers' honoraria. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly recommended.

To reserve a space, call Akal Dev Sharonne at (828) 264-1384.

A preview of the performance will be presented at the Dances of Universal Peace on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Church. The public is invited to this participatory experience of body prayer. The evening will highlight a recording of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. No dance experience is necessary. A donation of $5 is requested to cover costs.

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