Sufi Dancing @ Cairo
The Al-Tannoura Traditional Troup perform a few times per week at the Wekalet El-Ghouri Arts Centre, near Khan al-Khalili.
Sufism is where mysticism meets Islam. The basis of this dancing is to separate the mind from the body through the repetition of movement, to become closer to God. Or at least that’s how it was explained to me. I’m not sure how far removed they really become on stage, dancing with strict coordination as the live musicians provide the rhythm to which their movements anchor, but in any case, it’s quite the show.
Entrance is free if you’re in town.