Drumming and poetry at the Dance Palace

08/07/2014

This Saturday, as part of a rhythm and poetry night at the Dance Palace Community Center, artist Fariba Bogzaran and poet Kim Rosen will teach an audience a few verses written by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi, who wrote in Farsi. “He’s often heard in translation, so having an audience recite the original language will be very special for Rumi lovers. And it has a rhythmic tone to it, so it goes well with what we are doing,” said Ms. Bogzaran, the board president of the Lucid Art Foundation, which is organizing the performance. The event, called “Night of Rhythm and Poetry: From Formless to Form,” will feature four drummers from shamanic, Persian and Indian drumming traditions as well as recitations of both ancient and contemporary poetry. The drummers will each offer a solo performance, as well as a collaborative improvisation at the end of the evening. (Rumi likely would have approved of showcasing his poetry alongside the drummers’ expert beats. In one poem he writes, “I am drumming,/I am drumming,/I am drumming/for my Love’s ever nearing union./They say get a life./What’s with all this drumming?/I swear to that Love,/the day that I stop drumming/is the day that I will stop living.” The Inverness-based Lucid Art Foundation, which aims to “explore the relationship between art, consciousness and nature through art exhibitions, publications and seminars for artists,” according to its website, hopes to provide a chance to hear performers and compositions they’ve never heard before. “This is more than a group of artists playing their instrument. It is about creating an energized space,” Ms. Bogzaran wrote in an email. The event, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, costs $25. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/725532.