Event Information
Akhra: the Dancing Grounds, Inc. Presents
He Who Burns
Friday, July 10, 2009 through Sunday, July 12, 2009

an exploration of the figure of Iblis (Satan) - the greatest monotheist, the greatest Lover a journey in dance, text and music from the time before time, through his separation from his Beloved, his quest for the same, through to his ecstatic annihilation

Length: 1 hr 10 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Choreographed by Wendy Jehlen, this evening-length work explores the figure of Iblis, also known Satan, in some Sufi traditions. The performance is rooted in the ancient tradition of syncretism - combining dance and theatre, elements of Islam and Hinduism, and growing out of performance styles as divergent as Brazilian Capoeira, Japanese Butoh, Sanskrit Theater, Contact Improvisation, West African dance and American Sign Language poetry.

HE WHO BURNS is a dance-theater piece exploring the nature of humanity's relationship with the divine, the eternal quest for unity, and the illusion of duality in the human experience. It takes our notion of good and evil, the divine and the satanic, and turns it on its head. Staged as a trio, He Who Burns takes us on a journey from the time before time, through the suffering of Iblis in his separation from his Beloved, and his quest for the same, through to his ecstatic annihilation. The performance at once parallels the Sufi quest, as outlined in the great Sufi text, “Conference of the Birds,” and the structure of the Bharata Natyam performance. The text, from the Persian, Arabic and Urdu of Al-Hallaj, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mohammed Iqbal, Al Ghazzali, Hafiz and Maulana Jelaluddin Rumi, is performed in Urdu, English and Korean.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.