Spectacular Whirling Dervish

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From the tiniest subatomic particles, to the most majestic of spiraling galaxies, all material elements of nature revolve. It is the first, and will be the last story told by the universe…

Since the time of Ancient Egypt, mystic men – members of secret societies, harnessed this knowledge by ceremoniously whirling, imitating the spiraling structure of life and the cosmos. By spinning into a state of blissful euphoria, they transcended the physical limitations of gravity, their consciousness peaked, their bodies bridged earthly and heavenly (or eternal ) spheres.

This ceremony of whirling resurfaced in 13th century Turkey where it was performed by dervishes, members of the mystic brotherhoods, who were often philosophers, poets and astronomers.

Combining these ancient concepts with his own interpretation, Gregangelo has been performing his uniquely mystical adaptation of the whirling dervish for over two decades, dazzling and intriguing secular-audiences worldwide. His spectacular costumes represent the omnipresent realm of the cosmos and eternity. As he sheds layer by layer, the story morphs from the infinite expanse of the Universe to our galaxy, to our solar system, to Earth and finally to the individual.

To hire, Gregangelo,Whirling Dervish
Velocity Arts & Entertainment
Velocity Circus

San Francisco

www.gregangelo.com

velocitysf@prodigy.net
415 664-0095

Since the time of Ancient Egypt,
mystic men – members of
secret societies, harnessed 
this knowledge by ceremoniously 
whirling, imitating the spiraling 
structure of life and the cosmos. 
By spinning in a state of 
blissful euphoria, they transcended
the physical limitations of gravity,
their bodies becoming
a bridge between earthly 
and heavenly spheres.

This ceremony of whirling resurfaced in 13th century Turkey where it was performed by dervishes, members of the mystic brotherhoods, who often were philosophers, poets or astronomers.

Combining these ancient concepts with his own interpretation, Gregangelo has been performing his uniquely secular adaptation of the whirling dervish for over two decades, dazzling audiences worldwide. His spectacular costume represents the outer reaches of the cosmos. He sheds layer by layer, moving from the expanse of the Universe to our galaxy, to our solar system, to Earth and finally to the individual.

A Definition of the Ancient Ritual

Whirling Dervish (wurl-ing dur-vish) n. 1. A mystical dancer who stands between the material and cosmic worlds. His dance is part of a sacred ceremony in which the dervish rotates in a precise rhythm. He represents the earth revolving on its axis while orbiting the sun. The purpose of the ritual whirling is for the dervish to empty himself of all distracting thoughts, placing him in trance; released from his body he conquers dizziness.

A New Spin on the Ritual

Gregangelo’s Whirling Circus Dervish. n.
1. A circus version of the sacred dance combining ancient, contemporary, and futuristic media. The dance depicts the creation of the Universe through a spinning series of fantastic formations, metamorphoses, elaborate costumes, and rhythmic dance.
2. A figure of speech used in reference to one who exhibits vigorous energy.


Media, Press, and 
Presenters say:

“spinning into mythical ecstasy …Don’t try this at home kids!”
– NBC KRON TV SF

“Breathtaking…powerful, mystical… hypnotic.”
– S.F. Chronicle

“It’s amazing! …will transport you to a world of fantasy, mystery.”
– Seattle Weekly

“Spectacular…beautiful …elaborate… complete.”
-Vanity Fair

“spins like a centrifuge …morphing…intriguing.”
– NEXT Magazine, NYC

“Exciting and highly engaging… masterful.”
– World Arts West SF

“Thank you for making our event an over-the-top experience. You were worth every penny!”
– Peak Performance
Productions, Portland, OR


Gut Reactions from some enthusiastic audience members:

“Your act made me want to vomit.”
– Vertigo Sufferer(s)

“This other-whirledly whirled class act whirled my whirligig, whistled the Cat in the Hat.”
- Dr. Seuss

“You looked like a record player.”
– Disc Jockey

“How do you keep from getting dizzy? Dramamine?”
– Medical Doctor

“You spun 432 times and you looked like a mushroom!”
– 3rd grader

“That looks like more fun than the Tilt-O-Whirl ride.”
– Amusement park employe

Gregangelo calls himself an
“unidentified whirling object.”

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