Mystical Poetry: from the Jewish, Christian and Sufi traditions @ Sheen Center, New York [16 April]

Mystical Poetry: from the Jewish, Christian and Sufi traditions

19:30 - 21:00

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Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012
“In Love with Thee:
Mystical Poetry in Performance from the Jewish, Christian and Sufi Traditions”
Monday April 16, 7:30 PM Sheen Center -18 Bleecker St -NY, NY 10012

Magis Theatre’s “Logos Project” presents “In Love with Thee: Mystical Poetry in Performance from the Jewish, Christian and Sufi Traditions,” on Monday April 16, at 7:30 pm. This unique performance will be presented at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture as part of their ongoing series “The True, the Good and the Beautiful,” and will be curated by George Drance, artistic director of the Magis Theatre Company. Invited guests, actors, dancers and musicians will bring these words to life, in their original languages and in English translation, presenting performances drawing from both ancient and contemporary art forms.

At the core of the world’s mystical traditions is the idea of divine love that invites humanity to unite with divinity. “The Song of Songs,” an ancient love poem is an important part of Jewish liturgical practice and finds its place in the canon of both Jewish and Christian scripture. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, one of the central poetic figures of Sufism is one of the best-loved poets of the ancient world, and his poems are just as well known today as they were at the time of their composition in the 12th century. St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish mystic and scholar wrote “The Spiritual Canticle” his own love song that mirrors the incarnational spirit of “The Song of Songs,” with the flavors of Moorish Spain, weaving these traditions in his own rich cultural tapestry. Performed in Hebrew, Persian, Spanish, English, and other languages, these texts are a feast for the ears and the imagination.

Performers include:
Magis Theatre Company
Dervishes of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order
Dr. Iraj Anvar- Translator of Persian texts, Brown University
Afshin Goodarzi — Musician
Nessa Rapoport — Poet, Author
Rebecca Keren — Actress, Singer
Ralph Martin — Actor, Performer
Kristin Kusanovich — Dancer
Priscilla Smith — Actress
Dr. Sevin Yaraman, Professor of Music, Fordham University

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