The whirling dervish is a one-of-a-kind act that transcends limitations and defies explanation. It is a highly evocative performance with a universal appeal.
Mysteries of the unknown are encrypted into the meaning of this masterful spectacle.
Beginning at the explosive big bang, the act depicts the spiraling elements of all cosmic matter and bridges it to the miraculous universe of our own bodies and consciousness.
The dervish lifts the veil in order to reveal a simple truth: We are one.
From the tiniest subatomic particles, to the most majestic of spiraling galaxies, all material elements of nature revolve. It is the first, and will be the last story told by the universe…
Since the time of Ancient Egypt, mystic men – members of secret societies, harnessed this knowledge by ceremoniously whirling, imitating the spiraling structure of life and the cosmos. By spinning into a state of blissful euphoria, they transcended the physical limitations of gravity, their consciousness peaked, their bodies bridged earthly and heavenly (or eternal ) spheres.
This ceremony of whirling resurfaced in 13th century Turkey where it was performed by dervishes, members of the mystic brotherhoods, who were often philosophers, poets and astronomers.
Combining these ancient concepts with his own interpretation, Gregangelo has been performing his uniquely mystical adaptation of the whirling dervish for over three decades, dazzling and intriguing audiences worldwide. His spectacular costumes represent the omnipresent realm of the cosmos and eternity. As he sheds layer by layer, the story morphs from the infinite expanse of the Universe to our galaxy, to our solar system, to Earth and finally to the individual.
“I honestly couldn't describe this experience to anyone, you must see it to believe it. The impact this had on me and my friends was beyond life changing."
— Vanity Fair —
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