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Simurgh

Simurgh is a solo performance by Gilles Polet exploring the intricate links between the Sufi culture in Iran and the occidental club culture. For a research during Summer 2014, Gilles Polet submerged himself in the culture of the Jorason Sufis, in the province of Kermanshah in Iran. Intrigued and inspired by their ceremonies he started making links between the trance of a sufi and a clubber, both in search for an Extase, a moment of bliss, where the performer shakes off his own ego and abandons himself to something bigger, something greater. The search for tools and techniques of ecstasy, which act as conduits, as mediation catalysts for encounters with the Numinous.

At the base of this research is the book ‘The Conference of Birds’ by Farid un-Din Attar. The book tells the story of all birds of the world coming together to decide who would be their King. They decide it would be the Simurgh, a Devine Bird no-one has ever seen, but after finding a feather of it, each made their own interpretation of what the bird would be like. The book tells about the quest the birds do, in search of the Simurgh.

Simurgh is the quest Gilles Polet takes in search of the Devine Body.

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