When: Dances: Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., $15; Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $55;
Dhikr: Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $10
Where: Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St., Asheville
Why: Sufi teacher, 20th century mystic and founder of Sufi Ruhaniat International, Samuel L. Lewis, originally created Dances of Universal Peace as a body of 50 dances, developed as a method to promote peace through the arts. Since his passing in 1971, the collection has grown to more than 500 dances, featuring scriptures and sacred phrases from the world's spiritual traditions to music and movement.
Of the dances, Lewis says: “I believe we can learn through exaltation, through ecstasy, through joy and through love. ... A lot of people go and speak out against ecstasy and they don't know what it is. A lot of people speak for it, and they don't know what it is. So I find love should produce a certain kind of ecstasy and ecstasy a certain kind of love.”
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