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THE RUMI CONCERT NOV 14

RUMI CONCERT COMES TO SANTA FE

NOVEMBER 14, 7PM LENSIC SANTA FE

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COLEMAN BARKS, poet/translator of Rumi

JAI UTTAL, intrumentalist/vocalist

GLEN VELEZ, world percussionist

ZULEIKHA, storydancer

OPEN SECRET THE RUMI CONCERT returns to Santa Fe! The ecstatic poetry of Rumi, the most widely read poet in America today, comes to life in a feast of poetry, music, dance, story and humor. The Storydancer Project is excited to bring together four unique world-class artists in collaboration: acclaimed poet and translator, Coleman Barks, celebrated vocalist-instrumentalist, Jai Uttal, Grammy Award-winner world percussionist, Glen Velez, and international Storydancer, Zuleikha. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of Santa Fe’s most beloved performances.

COLEMAN BARKS has translated more than a dozen volumes of the 13th-century Sufi mystic Jalal’uddin Rumi’s poetry, including The Illuminated Rumi (1997) and The Essential Rumi (1995.) colemanbarks.com

JAI UTTAL is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. October 2014 his most recent recording, “Lifeline: The Essential Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach Collection,” was released. jaiuttal.com

GLEN VELEZ is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, founding father of the modern frame drum movement, and a legendary figure among musicians and audiences worldwide. glenvelez.com

ZULEIKHA is an international performer, recording artist, and educator. She is renowned for her “storydance” performances, and collaborations with poet and translator of Rumi, Coleman Barks and celebrated world musicians. storydancer.com

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TSP News from Delhi ~ January 2015

TSP News from Delhi ~ January 2015

Director of Hope Project with Zuleikha and HP staff

January 5, 2015 - First Meeting of 2015 with Hope Project Director and Staff in Delhi, India.

Samiur Rahman, the executive director, is wonderful. He is able to to decipher each person’s code to really understand how they would like to see the Core Wellness work take place. Each woman in the meeting has her own expression and is listened to.

I am excited, as what we are planning this year will catapult us into participating in the bigger picture of this community. Here, many families are living in one room with all the children, and often no running water. To see a woman experience relief of stress and body pain through stretching and moving in a simple way is its own work of art, and a privilege.

Tomorrow I will go to CanSupport where we work with palliative cancer patients, their families, and the Home Care Teams to begin scheduling this year’s expanded programs. Will keep you posted! ~ Zuleikha

Mountains of garbage

January 8, 2015 - Boarding the Joy Train

Today, we were visiting a ‘village’ inside of the vast city of Delhi, with the Hope Project’s Mobile Health Unit. As you can see, it is built under mountains of garbage…I will be going here every week to work with the women’s groups and children’s support classes. Here we go, it starts again—the joy train!

Children’s support class

Moving together in women’s group

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BODY LISTENING

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BODY LISTENING: A Movement Awareness Practice (MAP) for Everyone
• Body Listening is a body-friendly way to explore free movement.
• The process begins on the floor, exploring your relationship with gravity, attuning to a quiet deep awareness while being held by the continuity and safety of the floor.
• Moving from the body’s felt-sense, habitual patterns unwind and new pathways open.
• The session progresses to standing and moving while maintaining connection with your inner awareness.
• In the last phase of Body Listening, full body movements through space are explored, in relationship to other people.
• Body Listening doesn’t require special training or equipment.
• It doesn’t ask you to abandon the body you have for someone else’s idea of one.
• Body Listening invites you to inhabit the body you are, and discover what unfolds from that awareness.
• It can be done by everyone, regardless of level of health or movement experience.

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
 

NEW LIGHT CENTER

(New Program 2012, Kolkata, India) Trainings for young women college students to teach the TSP Core Wellness model to children of sex workers in one of the largest red light districts in the world. A collaboration with New Light Center, whose mission is to is to promote gender equality through education and life-skill training, and thereby reduce harm caused by violence and abuse to women and young children.

TEACH PEACE TO REACH PEACE

(New Program 2012, Kolkata, India) Zuleikha and TSP, in collaboration with The American Center, teaches and performs with high school students, mostly girls, from six city schools in Kolkata as part of “Teach Peace to Reach Peace.” This is an innovative aim to transform education that emphasizes Peace Education to help institutions shed prejudice and discrimination, and embrace tolerance and acceptance.

CANSUPPORT PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

(Since 2008, Delhi, India). CanSupport provides support for patients living with cancer and their families. Over four years, TSP in collaboration with CanSupport has developed a dynamic palliative care training program, called RELAXATION THERAPEUTIC HEALTH EXERCISES for PALLIATIVE CARE, that encompasses specialized Core Wellness work with CanSupport patients and family members, training of CanSupport Home Care Team counselors, doctors and nurses, and supervision of fieldwork with Home Care Teams. This work uses palliative care initiatives designed by Zuleikha and TSP using the TSP Core Wellness Model, a curriculum that is now being implemented in 25 nursing colleges in Delhi.

CANSUPPORT

(Since 2005, Delhi, India). TSP provides innovative palliative care programs based on TSP’s TAKE A MINUTE Core Wellness Exercise, used with patients and families living with or recovering from cancer to provide stress relief and lift spirits.

HOPE PROJECT CHARITABLE TRUST

(Since 2001, Delhi, India). In collaboration with the Hope Project, which serves poor and vulnerable children and adults, TSP offers Training of Trainer programs (TOT) in children’s Core Wellness Exercise and music, Core Wellness Exercise for women, healthy lifestyle education, and self-care support for vocational training.
HOPE PROJECT SCHOOL
(Since 2001) TSP Core Wellness Exercise, Movement Arts and Music classes for children attending the Hope Project School, which serves poor and vulnerable children in the Nizamuddin Basti neighborhood of Delhi. Also provide self-care classes for women in vocational training.
HOPE PROJECT HEALTH CLINIC
(Since 2006). Spondylitis and Lifestyles Open Clinics and trainings for community women, with home visits. In partnership with Dr. Sanjuli, using Core Wellness Exercise and techniques. Also outreach through the clinic partnership participating in Community Women’s Health Home Visits.
HOPE PROJECT MOBILE HEALTH UNIT
(Since 2010) Visits to the communities outside of Delhi and basti with the Mobile Health Unit. Core Wellness exercise for better health with women and girls living in extreme poverty.
HOPE PROJECT COMMUNITY RENEWAL
(Since 2010) TSP has provided: Training of Trainer programs in children’s exercise and music, in-home exercise for women, healthy lifestyle, and self-care support for vocational training; Women’s Vocational Exercise Programs; Core Wellness Exercise Program for the Hope Project Computer Class for Religious Leaders.
PAST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
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KIDS’ PROGRAMS

KIDS’ PROGRAMS

Zuleikha works with thousands of children and teenagers of many nationalities in the US and abroad. Her enthusiasm and love of dance and innovative use of world stories and rhythms bring young people together in a joyful atmosphere, where they can recognize their common human inheritance and appreciate the wisdom of a diversity of cultures. Teaching at schools, at camps, in orphanages and villages, in makeshift classrooms and outdoors, Zuleikha brings her inspirational gifts of movement arts to children of all ages and circumstances.

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COLLABORATION

COLLABORATION

Throughout the year, in a wide variety of venues, Zuleikha joins together with world musicians and poets to make magic. These performances create a glow of humor, depth and virtuosity. Performance in collaboration is another way of creating community. Crossing the borders of many cultures, Zuleikha has worked with such great world musicians as the late African drum master Baba Olatungi, jazz guitarist Bruce Dunlap, cellist David Darling, vocalist/instrumentalist Jai Uttal, world percussionist Glen Velez, composer/cellist Eugene Friesen, avant-garde composer/pianist Terry Riley, fusionary musician Kitaro, pianist Aaron Stern, master oud musician Rahim Alhaj, Coleman Barks, poet and translator of Rumi, and many others.

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RUMI CONCERT

RUMI CONCERT

The Rumi Concert is a stunning collaboration of artists, bringing the lyrical and spiritual power of Rumi to life in a remarkably moving performance, a multidimensional feast of poetry, music, dance and story. Poet and translator Coleman Barks performs the poems of Rumi, a 13th century ecstatic poet of unparalleled lyrical and spiritual power. He is joined by storydancer, Zuleikha, whose magic of dance, song and story animates the genius and rapture of Rumi’s poetry. Together, they perform with world musicians such as Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, David Darling, Jai Uttal, and poet, Robert Bly.

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BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

International storydancer, performer, educator and humanitarian. Zuleikha grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, a center for cultural interchange and artistic innovation. She studied Western classical music, and devoted years to the exploration of so-called “natural movement” and avant-garde dance with choreographer Anna Halprin. Interested in how different cultures find expression in movement, Zuleikha also studied the foundations of Chinese martial arts, esoteric therapeutic movement, and Japanese and Balinese dance. She attended the Ali Akbar College of Music, which was the first classical Indian music college in the West, and later studied with the Afghan musician Ustad Hashim Chishti, who was an exponentmand master of the myriad expressions of North Indian classical music, including melody (raga), rhythm and dance.

As Zuleikha’s practice of various art forms and sacred traditions deepened, she became aware of profound commonalities. She realized that “underlying all of these creative expressions are ancient technologies containing wisdom on how the body, mind and spirit come together through movement.” In performance, Zuleikha started to work with a synthesis of dance, storytelling, poetry, music and humor. She developed movement techniques of body, mind and spirit awareness that have become integral to her presentations. For example, she performs her own style of whirling through focusing on “the roots of inner space.” Zuleikha’s “whirling” is considered by many to be one of the highlights of the Rumi Concert, an inspirational collaboration among Zuleikha, Coleman Barks, the well-known poet and interpreter of Rumi, and world class musicians. Presented to audiences throughout the world, the Rumi Concert exemplifies the connection between artistic expression and the inner experience of the Divine.

(Excerpt from article about Zuleikha, “The Dancer is in the Dance,” by Susan Skeele for SUFI, Issue 85, Summer 2013

 

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