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Something opens our wings. Something
makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.
-Hz Mevlana Rumi

Each December, a Rumi festival takes place in the city of Konya, Turkey to celebrate Sheb-i Arus—“The Wedding Night." It commemorates the passing of mystic, philosopher and poet Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273).

In honour of this, we invite you to join us for Sheb-i Arus, and witness a sacred ceremony of poetry, music and Sufi devotional dance. Semazenbashi (sema master) Raqib Brian Burke will guide whirling dervishes from Toronto and Montreal in the Sema, where dervishes turn in a celestial dance, with one palm extended symbolically upward to receive and one extended downward to give, keeping nothing for themselves. An active meditation. Open secret. Symbol of peace.

After the ceremony, we extend an open invitation to the community to stay and participate in the long sema: continuous sacred music, zikr (remembrance of God) and whirling, a pattern possibly similar to the sema shared at the time of Rumi.

Musicians:
Amir Amiri (santur)
Kattam (percussion)
Nazih Borish (oud)

SEMA The Wedding Night La Nuit de Noces Sheb-i Arus
Sunday November 25 2018 3-5pm & into the night
Nyata Nyata Dance Studio
4374 St. Laurent, 2nd floor Montreal QC Canada H2W 1Z5
*no wheelchair access *no shoes
*no chairs please bring a cushion
*suggested donation $10-$20 *no one turned away
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À chaque mois de décembre, un festival dédié à Rumi a lieu dans la ville de Konya, en Turquie, pour célébrer Sheb-i Arus - “La Nuit de Noces”. Il commémore la mort du mystique, philosophe et poète Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273).

En l’honneur de cet événement, nous vous invitons à vous joindre à nous et à assister à cette cérémonie de poésie, de musique et de danse soufie dévotionnelle. Le Semazenbashi (maître de Sema) Raqib Brian Burke guidera les derviches tourneurs de Toronto et de Montréal dans le Sema où ils tourneront dans une danse céleste. Une paume de la main sera ouverte vers le ciel afin de recevoir et l’autre paume sera tournée vers la terre pour donner et ne rien conserver pour eux-mêmes. Une méditation active. Un secret ouvert. Un symbole de paix.

Après la cérémonie, nous invitons la communauté à rester et à participer au sema long: une musique sacrée continue, le zikr (souvenir de Dieu) et la méditation giratoire soufi, un motif possiblement similaire au sema partagé à l'époque de Rumi.

Musiciens:
Amir Amiri (santur)
Kattam (percussion)
Nazih Borish (oud)

SEMA The Wedding Night La Nuit de Noces Sheb-i Arus
Dimanche 25 novembre 2018 15h-17h et dans la nuit
Studio de danse Nyata Nyata
4374, boulevard Saint-Laurent, 2e étage
Montréal QC Canada H2W 1Z5
*Aucun accès pour les chaises roulantes *pas de souliers
*SVP amener un coussin - chaises non disponibles sur place
*Don suggéré : 10 $ - 20 $ *personne ne sera refusé
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NOUVEAU GRIOT
Tanya Evanson (Frontenac 2018)
Frontenac House Quartet Launch Nov.26 2018
Calgary Central Library, Calgary AB 
Nouveau Griot is the result of 20 years on stage and in studio. It is the text from four spoken word audio recordings made between 2004-2016: Invisible World, The Memorists, Language for Gods and ZENSHIP. This work is in the continuum of the griot, which is a french African word meaning “poet, singer and traveling musician to whom supernatural powers are often attributed.” 
#poetry #spokenword
#themotherlandtour #Kenya
BANFF CENTRE SPOKEN WORD PROGRAM 2019
This 2-week, intensive residency in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta is for artists at all career levels working in any combination of writing and performance: poetry, story, dub, sound, rap, experimental work. We welcome artists from all over the world.

Faculty are Tanya Evanson (director, Canada), Cat Kidd (Canada), Miles Merrill (Australia), Daniel Gallant (US) & Saul Williams (US). 

Program dates: April 1-April 13, 2019 
Application deadline: January 9, 2019
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THE SPEAKEASY PROJECT 2019 
4-Week Online Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction workshops for all ages. 

Mentors are George Abraham, Chen Chen, Tanya Evanson, Rajiv Mohabir, Steven Sanchez, and Donald Quist (CNF)

Workshop Dates: January 4—February 1, 2019
Application deadline: December 1, 2018
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