Samã (Turkish: Sema, Persian, Urdu and Arabic: سَمَاع - samā‘) means to listen; through a ritualistic medium of movement and music we will transcend within ourselves to listen to the subtleties of our inner universe.
The whirling dance of the dervish can invoke heightened emotions and an introspection within the mind and body alike which may lead to an entranced state of ecstasy, by focusing on the simplicity of the movement and emptying one's thoughts. It is a dance meditation technique predominantly but not exclusively practiced by Sufis—whilst we will periodically reference the history and context of this dance, the workshop will also feature a contemporary spin on an ancient practice by exploring the physiology of whirling and the fundamentals of how to best approach it.
All genders, bodies and backgrounds are welcome, and no previous experience required: The biggest challenge is confronting ourselves.
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Raised between the Middle East and Australia, Kareem Ghoniem aka Meerak Meinohg moved to Berlin in 2015 after having lived and worked in London for the past ten years. While studying Media Arts in London, Ghoniem specialised in film and animation, and pursued a manifold range of artistic mediums, including: spatial and temporal interventions, performance art, installations, and mixed-media work.
His corpus of creative work currently explores a critical engagement with body politics, particularly with the body as a continuously deconstructing spatial and temporal site upon which strategies of subversion and reification simultaneously converge and dissipate representational systems. He has collaborated in festivals, events, and interventions across Europe with globally renowned visual, sonic and performance artists
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