This lecture-participatory workshop examines trance and embodied healing rituals from Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, including Zar, Guedra, and Sufi mystical practices. Topics include how indigenous traditions have interwoven with the dominant religious paradigm to create the variety of spiritual expressions that characterize the Islamic world. We will explore the trance-inducing movements themselves, relating them both to somatic therapy techniques and esoteric concepts to more fully appreciate the healing and spiritual dimensions of dance and embodied ritual in the greater Middle East. Dance slippers or sticky socks are recommended for ease with turns.
Skill level: All levels.