1st SM&DF

 

Sacred Music&Dance Festival

The origins of music and dance can most likely be ascribed to the religious domain: honoring the divine through song and dance is a long-withstanding human tradition, as well as the accompaniment of ritualistic acts by music and movement, which is still an integral and indispensable part of religious activity today.

The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN's SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL was held in November 2013 for the first time and dedicates itself to the rich landscape of religiously-inspired sound and movement. The festival's protagonists, musicians and dancers from a multitude of religious communities, provide a glimpse into the diverse spectrum of sacred music and dance practices thriving in Berlin.

The European metropole of Berlin is home to a plethora of religious communities which practice religious and religiously-inspired music and dance, such as: Ethiopian-Orthodox choirs and songs of the Alevi; Buddhist temple dances of Thailand and ritualistic trance-dances of Tibetan Buddhism; Orisha dances of the Candomblé and the Lukumi;; Hindu Bhajans as well as Kathak and Bharata Natyam dance; Evangelical Korean choirs, gospel choirs and contemporary gospel of the Charismatic-Christian Evangelicals; Greek-Orthodox Choirs and songs of the Hare Krishna; synagogal music of Reform Judaism as well as Rastafarian Roots-Reggae and Nyabinghi; Korean shamanic dance and Mongolian shamanic song; whirling Dervishes Turkish Sufism and ritualistic percussion of the Baye Fall, a sect of the Senegalese Sufi Order Mourides; Quran recitations; Sutra recitations; dances and percussion of the Tigari, new Baha'i compositions, Sikh ragas; and many more.

The SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL program consists of not only performances, but also seminars on  sacred music and sacred dance practices, a panel discussion by the working group Werkstatt Religions and World Views as well as the revival of an exhibition, which is not only thematically of particular relevance:

In 1993, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN opened its doors for the first time with the exhibition 'Religion and World Views in Berlin' by photographer Horst Klöver. Picking up here, the 1st SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL marks the 20th anniversary of this exhibition and seeks to further promote diversity and encourage inspiring dialog.

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Program*

22.11.-22.12.2013

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Exhibition

For the Sacred Music & Dance Festival and our 20th anniversary, we will be showing a selection of images of the exhibition organized by the Werkstatt der Kulturen when it opened its doors for the first time - "Religions and Worldviews in Berlin" by the photographer Horst Klöver.

 

Friday, 22.11.2013

  • 18.00: Scottish Warriors in KwaZulu-Natal. Sacred dance in the Nazareth Baptist Church, South Africa Info
  • 19.00: PANEL of Werkstatt Religions and Worldviews -> Info
  • 21.00: WORLD WIDE MUSIC: Atum Shekhem & The Shabaka Rootz Band -> Info

Saturday, 23.11.2013

  • 14.00 h: Erdal Kaya | Alevi Songs -> Info
  • 15.00 h: Sufi Ensemble Rabbaniyya and the Whirling Dervishes -> Info
  • 16.00 h: Soogi Kang | Folk and Shaman Songs of Korea -> Info
  • 17.00 h: Tigari Ensemble Odametey | Song, Percussion and Dance of the Tigari -> Info
  • 18.00 h: Jonas Bibi Hammond presents "Praise U" | Contempary Gospel -> Info
  • 19.00 h: Klänge der Göttin | Sounds of the Goddess - Sacred Music of West Odisha / India
    Lecture: Dr. Lidia Guzy -> Info
  • 20.00 h: Mimi Sheffer | Synagogal Song -> Info
  • 21.00 h: Manickam Yogeswaran | Hindu Bhajans -> Info
  • 21.30 h: Rajyashree Ramesh | Hindu Dance -> Info
  • 21.45 h: NAKED JAZZ: A Love Supreme | Hommage to St. John Coltrane -> Info

Sunday, 24.11.2013

  • 13.00 h: 'HXOS-Chor | Choral Music of the Renaissance & Baroque -> Info
  • 14.00 h: Baan May Rhu Roy | Buddhist Thai Temple Dances -> Info
  • 15.00 h: Divine Melodies | Faith and Music among the Sufi orders of Senegal
    Lecture: Prof. Cheikh Anta Babou -> Info
  • 16.00 h: Baye Fall Ensemble | Song of the Mourides-> Info
  • 17.00 h: Ingrid Arthur | Gospel -> Info
  • 18.00 h: Tanz der Orixás | Song, Dance and Music of the Candomblé -> Info
  • 20.00 h: Urna Chahar-Tugchi | Songs of Mongolian Shamanism -> Info

*Program subject to change

Friday | 22.11.2013 | 18.00 h

Schottische krieger in KwaZulu-Natal

   

Friday | 22.11.2013 | 19.00 h

PANEL der Werkstatt Religionen und Weltanschauungen

   

Friday | 22.11.2013 | 21.00 h

World Wide Music: Atum Shekhem & The Shabaka Rootz Band

Rootsreggae und Nyabinghi

© Gilles Soubeyrand
Reggae was born in Trenchtown, the main ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica. Musicians who listened to radio stations from the U.S. Jamaican musicians, many of them Rastas, soon blended traditional Jamaican folk music and drumming with American R&B, and jazz into ska, that later developed into reggae under the influence of soul.

Reggae began to enter international consciousness in the early 1970s, and Rastafari mushroomed in popularity internationally, largely due to the fame of Bob Marley, who actively and devoutly preached Rastafari, incorporating Nyabinghi and Rastafarian chanting into his music, lyrics and album covers.

Atum Shekhem and The Shabaka Rootz band is a Berlin based reggae band, lead by the frontman Atum Shekhem, who is widely known in the reggae scene back in Namibia.

The band formed in Germany, where it spreads the universal message of love, respect and equality. Believing in music as the most powerful means of communication, Atum Shekhem & the Shabaka Rootz band's concerts become a moment of entertainment as well as upliftment and positive vibes for every single unique person.


Line Up

  • Atum Shekhem - vocals
  • Kpakpo Odemetey - drums
  • Christian Tyson - guitar
  • Sönke Hahn - bass
  • Andy Key - keyboards
  • Daniel Zabon - saxophon

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 14.00 h

Erdal Kaya

Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 15.00 h

SUFI ENSEMBLE RABBANIYYA

und die drehenden Derwische

   

Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 16.00 h

Soogi Kang

Folk and Shaman Songs of Korea

© Daniela Incoronato  The lively practice of shamanism has a non-negligible influence on the modern Korean society of today. Shamans still retain their intellectual authority as the oldest spiritual and religious power that has outlasted all other cultural and religious overgrowths. Life is hard enough, so the shamans give their followers many theatrical elements of joy, relaxation and harmony, as well as courage, serenity and wisdom for everyday life.

Soogi Kang studied modern theater at the Drama Centre in Seoul. Under Master Kim Yu Kyung, she studied Korean traditional mask dance-theater "BongSanTalchum" as well as Pansori singing, a traditional Korean ballad song. She worked intensively on music and dance of Korean shamanism and worked as an actress in several theater companies in Seoul. Since 1986, she has been living and working in Berlin.

www.soogi-kang.de
 

BINARI - singing in the rhythm of Dsa Dsin-Mori
An invocation of the deities of good fortune and prosperity and a prayer for long life - in three sections: 1. invocation of the Gods, 2. Salpuri (request for resolution of all evil), 3. blessings and congratulations to all those gathered.
"Oh, listen all! When the universe opened up and the heavens and the earth were born, people prayed for happiness and peace and built the palace for the king in Hanyang of sessile tribes. This is how the Lee dynasty originated."

AEG-MAEG-I TA-RYEONG - singing in the rhythm of Dsa Dsin-Mori
Aeg-Maeg-I refers to a ritual that is celebrated in Korea on the 1st day of the new year as a protection against disease, misfortune and evil. Aeg-Maeg-I also means "protect the house from negative influences", and is therefore also sung at roofing ceremonies or when moving into a new house.

SEONG-DSU-PURI - vocals from Yeong-Nam in the rhythm of Kut-geo-ri
This singing comes from the Seong Dsu Kut ritual and is a eulogy of Seong-Dsu (the Prince), the guardian deity of the house as well as all well-meaning earth gods.

ONG-HE-JA - singing in the rhythm of Hui-mo-ri
Singing about the fertility of man and earth and asking for good harvest. Often this song marks the finish of a ritual and is interactively sung together.

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 17.00 h

Tigari Ensemble Odametey

Song, Percussion and Dance of the Tigari

© Daniela Incoronato   Tigari is the name of a benevolent spirit who protects people and helps them to solve personal and social problems. In Ghana, the Tigari Spirit can protect one against evil spirits, of which there are many!

Ceremonies for the Tigari Spirit are held in many places across Ghana, but they are originally from Ippada in the north. The Tigari Spirit is connected to the wind and he is the patron of growth and fertility, a long and healthy life and also social peace.


Gordon Odametey comes the Odametey family, which is well-known for its dancers and percussionists, in the village of"Beje Wo Ahumi". Since 1985, Gordon Odametey has been living in Germany. He plays and has played with many different groups - including "No Fears", "Bibiba", "Root B. Tama", "The World Music Orchestra", "Senegambigha" and "Bantu" - as well as with other percussionists such as Mustapha Tettey Addy and Aja Addy. With the band "Ogidi Gidi", which he founded in 1987, he played as the opening act for "Black Uhuru" and "The Wailers", with whom he appeared on television.

Line Up:

  • Gordon Odametey
  • Annan Odametey
  • Kpakpo Odametey
  • Lawrence Otoo
  • Nyanyo Addo
     

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 18.00 h

Jonas Bibi Hammond presents “PRAISE U “

Contemporary Gospel

The function of a praise and worship team in the modern day charismatic Christian church (Free Evangelical Church) is the leading of the congregation in singing songs praising Jesus Christ, and bringing the concregation into a prayerful, worship ready state to receive the sermon of the pastor. Normally this is done right at the beginning of the service and takes 30-40 mins.

© Daniela Incoronato  

The “PRAISE U” team is the “external” version of the church team and was initiated by Jonas Bibi Hammond, Marcel “Butch” McCrae (praise leader) and Ben Amoah.

The goal of this Christian music praise team is to bring charismatic Christian music, which heralds the Gospel, and has elements of pop, soul, RnB and soft rock to audiences outside the walls of the conventional church.

Besetzung

  • Marcel “Butch” McCrae - vocals, guitar
  • Jonas Bibi Hammond - vocals, bass
  • Ben Amoah – vocals, guitar
  • Kelvin Sholar - grand piano
  • Benjamin Muhlichen - keys, vocals
  • Loomis Green - solo guitar

featuring special guests on drums and vocals




 

 
Programmübersicht

Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 19.00 h

Sounds of the Goddess - Sacred Music of West Odisha / India

Lecture: Dr. Lidia Guzy

© Daniela Incoronato 

The lecture deals with the sacred music of the rural Odisha that Lidia Guzy has documented as part of her long-term ethnographic study of music and dance traditions of the region. Drum rhythms of untouchable musicians represent the voices of different local goddesses of the region, trance mediums embody goddesses that donate healing and relief from suffering to those seeking advice.

The lecture discusses how music and dance represent a local knowledge and belief system. Dr. Lidia Guzy, ethnologist, religious scholar and South Asia expert, received her PhD in 2002 at the Free University Berlin and EHESS in Paris in Ethnology / Social Anthropology. In 2011, she was promoted to Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of History and Cultural Studies Berlin. Since 2011, Guzy has been a Professor of Religions and Cultures of India at the National University Ireland, University College Cork.


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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 20.00 h

Mimi sheffer

Synagogal Song

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Havdalah – Farewell to the Shabbat with All Five Senses

For the beginning of the Shabbat, the Neshama Yeteira, the extra soul, comes to us. With it, we make the spiritual journey of the Sabbath. For the end of the Shabbat, the extra soul leaves us. We say goodbye and comfort all of our five senses with light, singing, wine and beautiful scents.

Mimi Sheffer, singer, cantor and educator of modern cultural Jewish liturgical music, gave concerts with opera and synagogue music at church days, held seminars for prayer leaders of religious communities, sang with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Essen Opera Choir. The music, for which Mimi Sheffer has been living for many years, is based on centuries-old songs of worship and the modulation of liturgical prayers.

Mirlan Kasymaliev - Piano

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 21.00 h

Manickam Yogeswaran

Hindu Bhajans



A Bhajan (Sanskrit, bhaj - "worship") is a religious Hindu folk song. In Bhajans, believers praise their love for God in simple words, which are repeated frequently. Bhajans are part of the commitment that is called bhakti. The musical forms, in which songs of adoration and worship are performed, vary greatly. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Bhajans have been connected to the ragas of Indian Classical music to make the ragas more popular and bhajans more musically sophisticated.

The singer and composer Manickam Yogeswaran (Sri Lanka) loves crossing boundaries. As the first Tamil singer working in Hollywood (Eyes Wide Shut), he moved on to other working engagements with other big names such as Spike Lee. He has performed with Dissidenten, Karuna and Shivanova and Carnatic Music throughout India, Europe and North America. He has composed for theater and dance companies as well as accompanied traditional South Indian dance.

Photo © Brian Baker
In the second set Manickam Yogeswaran will be accompanying the dancer Rajyashree Ramesh.

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 21.30 h

rajyashree ramesh

The Cosmic Body - Hinduistischer Tanz

  

According to old Hindu teachings, the essence of the Divine (paramatma) is the silence. The creation leads back to the fact that an emotion was born in this silence as the power to desire (icchasakti). Emotion accompanied by the sound was the result. As the sound spread, space (Akasha) emerged as the first of the five elements. Everything in the world is composed of these elements. The corresponding senses enable our knowledge of the world and the stars affect our emotional and physical states. Emotions, space and sound are therefore at the beginning. Movement connects them. The dance of Shiva is the symbolic interpretation of the creation of the material world. Shiva created the pura, the 'body', to be able to dance and dwell within it as purusha. Life itself is a dance or game, which is interpreted as a game or Lila of Krishna. The desire is also the female power of Shakti. Only when united with Shakti does Shiva have the power to allow the creation of this world sings Sri Sankaracharya in his Soundaryalahari. Otherwise, he remains without movement, motionless.

  • Concept, Choreography, Dance: Rajyashree Ramesh
  • Musical Score: vocals, percussion and sitar recordings with Indian musicians including Neela Ramanuja and Vidwan S.V.Giridhara (Bangalore, India).


 

Rajyashree Ramesh is an internationally active dancer, choreographer, master teacher and movement analyst. Since early childhood, she had trained as a solo dancer in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and classical Carnatic vocals. She has studied under famous dance Masters in India and trained as a movement analyst in the USA. This, in addition to her 30 years of yoga practice, makes her one of the most experienced and revered performers of Classical Indian dance. She is regularly lauded by press and public alike for her gracefulness, precision and great expressiveness. In addition to teaching and solo appearances, which has extended now for over four decades, her professional experience also includes numerous lectures, workshops and lecture-performances at cultural and educational institutions and international conferences in India, Europe and USA, as well as German and English publications. For the past ten years, she has been pursuing a movement analytical and research-oriented approach. At the moment, her focus is on the academic link between art and science.

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Saturday | 23.11.2013 | 21.45 h

NAKED JAZZ presents: A Love Supreme

A tribute to Saint John Coltrane

The founders of the Saint John Coltrane Orthodox Church, Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King, experienced the US American Jazz saxophonist William John Coltrane (1926-1967) live in San Fransisco in 1965 and were inspired. Archbishop King remembers the moment as a “sound baptism, which touched our hearts and minds".

  


During the period of Modern Jazz, Coltrane developed his own styles from Hard Bop to Modal Jazz and later Free Jazz. Musically, he combined Jazz with African influences among others.

The Suite "A Love Supreme" (1964) is one of his most important recordings. One can hear Coltrane's spiritual orientations in this record; the psalm-like lyrics were written and sung by himself. Here, he draws from, among other things, the book "The Greatest Thing In The World" by the 19th century evangelical writer Henry Drummond.

"A Love Supreme" concert is a four-part suite broken up into sections representing and inspired by John Coltrane's "Love Supreme" masterpiece recording. It includes these 4 principles we will expound on in our performance:
1. Acknowledgment
2. Resolution
3. Pursuance
4. Psalm

This concert is intended to be a spiritual as well as a musical representation of our collective struggles as human beings in our search for purity by expressing our deepest gratitude to a spiritual higher force through our performance.

Sample: Audio / Video

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 13.00 h

'Hxos-Chor

Choral Music of the Renaissance & Baroque

The 'HXOS-Choir was formed in August 2011 under the direction of Stelios Chatziktoris, Student of Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. 'HXOS (gesprochen „Ichos“) is Greek and means 'sound'.

The 30-man choir is comprised mostly of music students and students from other fields, who - brought together by their joy for singing - perform an array of different programs throughout the year.

The repertoire of the 'HXOS-Choir includes various spiritual and worldly choral pieces in many different languages from the Renaissance to today. Since its founding, the choir organizes one to two concerts per semester and the circle of interested listeners continues to grow steadily.

As part of the SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL, the 'HXOS-Choir will be performing its repertoire of sacred pieces.

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 14.00 h

baan may rhu roy

Buddhist Thai Temple Dances

Baan Mai Rhu Roy was formed in 1996 by a group of Thai women. Their knowledge of Buddhist Thai dances was passed onto the next generation of young people, who visit regularly held seminars by guest lecturers from Thai universities.

The different costumes for each dance are mostly made by the dancers themselves. Since its emergence, this group has become an integral part of the Buddhist temple festivals in Berlin, where they and their childrens group May Yaa Raab perform regularly.

Dancers:

  • Khun Chamsai Alljan
  • Khun Ubonrat Barommathongschum
  • Alina Bouasavanh
  • Christina Bouasavanh
  • Magdalena Heilbronn
  • Khun Nuannapa Kajorn
  • Anika Kempf
  • Diana Khoungkhakoune
  • Simona Knorr
  • Khun Sumali Lindt
  • Jennifer Moebus
  • Hanh Nguyen
  • Khun Duangchan Phongmani
  • Khun Sasima Pohl
  • Chatnapa Ratpho
  • Khun Boonma Ratpho
  • Melvin Sae-Dan
  • Mimi Sae-Dan

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 15.00 h

Divine Melodies: Faith and Music among the Sufi orders of Senegal

Lecture by Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou

Discussing the role of music in Islam might seem an oddity to some. Music appeals to the very core of our spiritual self; it is a celebration of life and its pleasures; it is an anthem for peace and harmony, all things that Islam allegedly opposes. But this depiction of Islam is far from reflecting the reality of the religion practiced by over a quarter of humanity throughout the world. Despite the absence of liturgical music in the religion of Islam, there is a long tradition of music making and enjoyment among Muslims. The Sufis or followers of mystical Islam are particularly known for their love of music and it is not an exaggeration to say that for them music constitutes an integral part of worship. In his lecture, Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou examines the role of music among the Sufi orders of Senegal. He begins by exploring the tradition of sama or sacred music in Sufi doctrine and practices, then he investigates the expansion of this tradition among the Sufis of Senegal. Further, he discusses the continuing popularity of Sufi sacred music in Senegal across time and space despite a changing and challenging religious and technological environment.

  

Dr. Cheikh Anta Babou is a Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he offers courses on African History and the History of Islam in Africa. His research focuses on mystical Islam in West Africa and Senegal, the new African diaspora and political Islam.

Professor Babou has published extensively on the Muridiyya Muslim order of Senegal and the Senegalese diaspora. His book, Fighting the Greater Jihad: Amadu Bamba and the Founding of the Muridiyya of Senegal, 1853-1913 was published by Ohio University Press in 2007. A French translation was released by Karthala in 2011. Dr. Babou’s articles appeared in African Affairs, The annals, Journal of African History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Religion in Africa, Africa Today and other scholarly journals in the United States and in Europe. He has presented papers in international scholarly meetings in the United States, Europe and on the continent of Africa. His current research project examines the experience of West African Muslim immigrants in Europe and North America. Professor Babou is spending this academic year in Berlin as Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study of Berlin).

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 16.00 h

baye fall ensemble

Vocals and Percussion of the Mourides

  

The Muridiyya is a Sufi brotherhood founded in the late 19th century by Amadou Bamba, which today represents one of the most influential forces economically and socially in Senegal.

A famous pupil of Amadou Bamba, who was known for his devotion to God, looked at work as a form of devotion. Amadou Bamba therefore decided that Ibra Fall exclusively should show his love for God through labor. Ibra Fall then founded a subgroup of the Brotherhood of Mourides, which calls itself Baye Fall (in Wolof: Baay Faal) and their followers live by the motto: "Pray as if you'll die tomorrow. Work as if you'll live forever."

The Baye Fall Ensemble will be playing under the direction of the percussionist and griot Yoro Mbaye following Prof. Cheikh Anta Babou's lecture on the Mourides at this year's SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL.

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Sunday | 23.11.13 | 17h | Saal

Ingrid Arthur

Gospel

  

Gospel, (from the English Evangelium: good news) is the Christian African-American musical style that developed in the early 20th century from the African-American Spiritual and exhibits elements of blues and jazz.

Born in Gainesville, Georgia (USA), Ingrid Arthur became one of the most powerful voices in the history of music. She is not only a wonderful singer, she is the goddess of soul with her rich, powerful traditional gospel background with the soul of Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson!

  • Ingrid Arthur - vocals
  • Christian Prüfling - keys
  • Dani Keeling - backing vocals
  • Andy Roda - backing vocals 

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 18.00 h

Dance of the ORIXÁS

Song, Dance and Music of the Candomblé

  

Candomblé is an Afro-Brazilian religion, in which the connection between humans and Orixás, West African deities, is established through the medium of the body. In public rituals, the Orixás are invited through music and dance to come to earth and celebrate with the people by using the bodies of the believers while in a trance state. In this moment, they express their individual characteristics by means of their dance moves. In this event, some of the Orixás' ritual dances will be on display.

Line Up

  • Murah Soares – dancer; choreographer
  • Naja Brasil - dancer
  • Shirley Rodrigues – dancer
  • Nina Graeff – storyteller
  • Paraná Bomfim - percussionist
  • Juninho Quebradeira - percussionist
  • Paulo Cedraz - percussionist

Dancer, choreographer, cultural event manager and dance teacher Murah Soares was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He spent a large part of his childhood in Salvador da Bahia, where he came into contact with the Afro-Brazilian religion, "Candomblé Ketu". After finishing dancing school for classical ballet and modern dance, Murah Soares completed his education with qualifications for teaching yoga and ayurvedic nutrition.

In his own dance projects, however, Afro-Brazilian dance always stood in the foreground for Murah Soares, with no small part of this interest rooted in his personal relationship to the "Candomblé" religion, where dance plays an important role within its rituals. He then established himself at various academies in São Paulo as a teacher for "Brazilian-Afro-Dance".

Upon invitation by the Tanzfabrik Berlin, he came to Germany in 1990, where he began producing music and dance productions with well-known artists, such as the master-percussionist Eduardo da Silva Tucci (aka Dudu Tucci), Parana Bomfim and Leila El-Jarad.

As Babalawo, he directs the only Candomblé institute in Germany.

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Sunday | 24.11.2013 | 20.00 h

 URNA CHAHAR-TUGCHI

Songs of Mongolian Shamanism

  

Tengrism, once the faith of many Mongolian and Turkic peoples of Central Asia, worships the sky god Tengri.

In Tengrism the meaning of life is to live in harmony with everything on earth. The human being is at the center of the worlds and sees his existence between the 'eternal blue sky' (mönkh khökh tengeri), 'mother earth' (gazar eje) and a ruler who is considered the 'Son of Heaven'. With a balanced lifestyle, man keeps his world in harmony and radiates his personal power (wind horse) outwards. The cosmos, spirits and ancestors provide for and protect him. When the balance gets out of control, it will be restored by the intervention of a shaman.

Urna Chahar-Tugchi was born and raised in Inner Mongolia and today finds her home in the concert halls of the world. She is considered one of the most outstanding female vocalists of Asia.

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With the kind support of the Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten