According to the film’s web site “In the Fire of Grace: Dancing Rumi’s Journey of the Soul”, Banafsheh Sayyad interprets five stages of the soul’s archetypal journey to union with the Beloved in movement that marries as Rumi’s mystical vision does, the serene peace with the fierce gorgeous passion of the divine. She is accompanied by Andrew Harvey as the voice of Rumi, summoning her deeper into the flames of death and rebirth.
Born in Iran, Banafsheh’s electrifying and wholly original dance style fuses together Flamenco, Tai Chi, Gurdjieff Movements and the sensuous ecstasy of Persian Dance with the austere rigor of Dervish whirling.
“As an embodied mystic of the divine feminine, her presentations are not performances but transmissions which transform your vision of dance forever. Dancer and dance become one initiatory flame of grace.” – Andrew Harvey