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Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul

  • 1.5-hour whirling dervish performance in Istanbul
  • Enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight as the show starts
  • Watch the UNESCO-listed ceremonial dance inside the Hodjapasha Dance Theater
Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
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Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
From US$ 27.69
Marvel at the mystique of whirling dervishes as they gracefully dance the ceremonial ‘sema’ Mevlevi at the emblematic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul. Enjoy a cultural evening in Istanbul during this age-old performance of choreographed spiritual dancing accompanied by traditional music and Persian chanting. Before the show, set the mood with Turkish delight and a drink at the bar. Then, admire the dervishes as they elegantly twist and turn in their white flowing gowns.
What to Expect
Arrive in the neighborhood of Sirkeci and step into the Hodjapasha Dance Theater for your Istanbul Whirling Dervish Show. Enjoy the architecture of this 15th century building, originally used for Turkish baths and now home to ceremonial performances and traditional Turkish dance. Head to the bar and indulge in a few pieces of Turkish delight and a drink (own expense) before taking your seat in the main hall for your 1-hour show.
Kick-off the show with 15 minutes of wonderful traditional Turkish music. Then, witness a company of semazens (or whirling dervishes) perform the Mevleviye sema dance. Watch as this 800 year-old ritualistic dance is performed over 45 minutes. Observe these expressive Dervish’s whirl and glide along and see why this dance is included on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List.
Feel the passion of the dance as each Dervish spins in a choreographed motion like a white top to Persian and classical Turkish music. Hear the kettledrum, flute, and cymbal conducted by the theater’s musicians and enjoy ancient Persian prayers and poetic songs.
Once the performance concludes, feel free to remain at the venue to relax with a drink or a snack at your own expense.
Reviews (86)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mesmerizing!!! Great experience in beautifully intimate surroundings. I thoroughly recommend this experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Jason S
Reviewed 17 December 2018
Great Performance

The discipline necessary to perform in this matter is extreme. I don't know how the men do it but they were awe inspiring. Before the show we were treated to tea, juice, or coffee. I tried tea and juice. Around the room the story of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Margot G
Reviewed 11 December 2018
An Hour Away from Reality

The Whirling Dervish Show is a unique experience; an experience that speaks in a setting void of verbal communication. Most of the experiences we have when traveling are noisy or loud: the market places, nature adventures, night life, and so on. However, this experience leaves...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Loubna A
Reviewed 14 November 2018

This show is a Joke!, not exciting at all, Boring, Boring and Please so not believe all the written reviews, don't believe mine also, go see it for yourself and let me know.

Date of experience: October 2018
18  Thank Venture136361
Reviewed 3 November 2018
Truly breathtaking

One of the highlights of my trip to Istanbul. This was more than attending a "show" it was like being allowed inside a private ritual.

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank Julie6409
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