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About DIP – Ziya Azazi

About DIP - Ziya Azazi

With the chaotic mobility that we live in, there is nothing left to us than reforming our own selves again and again, and again…

From the late nineties up to the present, Ziya Azazi’s dance practices have been primarily based on experimental whirling and repetition, which reflect his personal, artistic, conceptual and motional analysis of traditional Sufi dance. One of the remarkable aspects of these projects has been the simultaneous representation of contradictory perceptions of physical awareness and a high state of ecstasy, which has allowed Azazi to personally research the possible mental transformations caused by the altering intensities of speed and tension made possible by whirling. Dynamic, joyful aspects of his choreographies allowed him to transform the usual whirling dervish image and the classical Sufi dance into a spectacular form, thus proposing possibilities for personal ritual, that do not rely on the boundaries of existing belief systems. His work searches for the Dervish at a high level of speed, tension and emotion, and creates a space for the viewer to encounter and experience these moods. Through his performances, Ziya Azazi seeks to represent the moment of realization when the Dervish begins to enjoy his/her achievement through the joyful and ecstatic repetition of whirling: the looping and spinning which leads to trance.