Sufi Zen

Sat 19 May, 3pm & 8.30pm 


Sufi:Zen is one of Akademi’s most popular shows that has received a great response from audiences across the UK. 

Sufi:Zen is an energised dance performance which contrasts the rapturous intensity of Sufi mysticism with the stillness of Zen meditation. It is influenced by kathak, butoh and contemporary dance disciplines and the work of 13th century poet Rumi, evoking a cultural landscape that extends from Persia to Japan. Sufi:Zen exists in a world of contrasts – of ice and fire, entropy and energy, introspection and divine omniscience.  

It is choreographed by Gauri Sharma Tripathi with the support of Jonathan Lunn and Mavin Khoo. Set to a score by Shri Sriram, this performance reflects Akademi’s longstanding reputation for presenting modern perspectives on traditional South Asian dance forms.  

Funder: Without Walls.  


Bell Square is an Associate Touring Network member of Without Walls, the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. Find out more on www.withoutwalls.uk.com