Noureddine Khourchid & the whirling dervishes of Damascus
Several mystical tales attribute a divine origin to music recounting that the soul, whose very nature is celestial, refused to take form, but was seduced by the voice of an angel ordered by God to settle inside the body so as to attract it there. It is now trapped inside the body, but has kept a nostalgia for its origins ever since it was parted from them.
Noureddine Khourshid, born in Damascus, is the son of Abu al-Nur, sheikh of the Shâdhiliyya Sufi order in Damascus. He’s considered today as one of the greatest reciter of the Koran.
The ensemble consisting of 7 munshid, hymn-singers from the Shadhiliyya order, together with two dancers from the Mawlawi order of Damascus.
Cité de la Musique - Paris (FR), Shanghai World Music Festival (CN), Le Trianon - Paris (FR), Rasa - Utrecht (NL), Cankarjev Dom - Ljubljana (SI), Trident Scène Nationale - Cherbourg FR), Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace - Guebwiller (FR), Bozar - Bruxelles (BE), Institut du monde arabe - Paris (FR), etc...