Turkey

In 1978 – a journey with fellow artist Anitra Lucander – to visit the annual festival of the Order of Whirling Dervishes – founded in Konya by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rum (died 1273).  This profoundly moving spectacle has remained a source of inspiration: in a large and darkened hall, the reed-flute (ney) and violin (rebab) wove their haunting melody in harmony with the spinning, illuminated figures which pulsed with graceful, undulating motion. Like planets circling the sun, to the music of the sphere…it was the Dance of Life – conveying all the essential rhythm and movement which are inherent in all creation…