See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and…
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Of course this was NOT a religious ceremony. The balance between spirituality (of the services and musicians) and spectacle (for us tourists) was well done. The space is very nice and well adapted for this kind of presentation. The exposition about the sufism and Rumi is interesting. It's possible to have a tea in the entry-zone. It is not possible to take photos of the presentation, even without flash.
Be prepared for loud Music and dance, and the Art of Ancient and classical dance I personally was a bit confused, too many different acts which were to simbolise the Ancient classical dance , I would have loved to know the story behind each performances..
The Whirling Dervishes are spectacular and mesmerising. One must go with an open mind and understand it's relation to the true essence of Islam. I enjoyed the show, it was a full house! Location is a little hidden but easy to find nonetheless.
For anyone interested in spirituality and the beauty of Islamic music, to watch the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their reverent dance, is a privilege and joy. If you are expecting to be entertained by a show, this is not for you.
I have nothing really to compare it to in my experience.. Afterwards, My girlfriend and I decided to check out a Balkan/Turkish/Belly Dance show at the same location an hour later. They were very friendly and accommodating.