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“Whirling dervishes hmmm”

Hodjapasha Cultural Center
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Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 1. Istanbul Dervishes: Mevlevi Sema Ceremony / Everyday except Monday and Friday at 19:00 Price: 60 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 2. Rhythm of the Dance :Featuring variety of charming folkloric dances of Anatolia , Balkans and Caucasian regions combined with exotic oriental dances. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with White Rose . Price : 70 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. 3. White Rose : A theatral dance show that sensationally combines oriental dance , harem dance and modern dance together. Theme is based on an extraordinary true love story of an Ottoman slave woman and ambassador during Tulip Period in 17TH Century. Tuesday Thursday Saturday 21:00 Alternating biweekly with Rhythm of the Dance . Price : 80 TL pp / Free refreshments including tea , Turkish Cofee , water and fruit juice + Free booklet + free DVD for every online purchase of 2 tickets. See our website for the calendar of the shows.
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“Whirling dervishes hmmm”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful and atmospheric venue however The whirling dervish "show" itself left me feeling confused. This is advertised as a performance however it is actually like observing a religious ceremony. The close proximity to the "performers" made me somewhat uncomfortable especially because I and a lot of the audience dozed off at some point during the ceremony. It was very mesmerizing and the live music was beautiful however due to the monotony of the movements and the music it is not really entertainment. It felt more like intruding on something that is meant to be sacred. No disrespect to this cultural experience but the discrepancies between the advertisement and the performance meant that unfortunately the ceremony was not something I particularly enjoyed. The front of house staff in the venue were not friendly and disappeared before the end of the show.

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“Belly dancing and more .....much much more.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had watch the Whirling Dervishes at a local restaurant (enjoyed it very much) and do not wish to be trapped at some sleezy place offering belly dancing....hence we were delighted to come across this poster at a local tour agency about this show " White Rose" ...cultural and musical experience at the Hodjapasha Cultural centre. Ticket cost 70 TL. This show runs on Tues,Thurs & Saturday. The show is enjoyable ...featuring life at the Tokapia Palace.... through a series of dances and musical performances. Belly dancing is features and we were pleasantly surprised that the version by a young man is especially captivating. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
The Hodjapasha Cultural centre is interesting too. It was even used as a Turkish Bath centre before its latest transformation. Enjoyed reading the murals on the wall , introducing the Turkish cultural evolution through the different glorious era in it rich history.

Visited May 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
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“Significant Decline”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

I am in Istanbul once a year with students. I saw the Whirling Dervishes in 2012 and the traditional dance performance in each of the last three years. It is the latter that has become disappointing. Before, the dance troupe was excellent and combined traditional dances from all over Turkey and its many minorities. But this year (2014), it changed. All but one dancer appears to have left or been let go, and their replacements are not very skilled (although they can occasionally pull off a high energy dance). And almost all of the elements of tradition except some of the costuming have been lost. At some point, dancers broke into Irish river dance! And the use of black lights twice during the performance -- I'm pretty sure Anatolian villages did not have black lights to use during wedding and festival events. The live music has been replaced with recorded music that is played very loudly. The light show sometimes made it feel like we were at a high school prom with the spinning mirror ball. It was a big disappointment this year. I give it two stars only because I assume the Dervishes are still worth watching.

Visited June 2014
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“Pressed for time? - watch Whirling Dervishes here...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

This is a very touristy place. However, if you do not have to much time and cannot sacrifice an entire evening to watch the whirling dervishes - this is the place to visit. Regularly showing the dervishes in this central location - a good opportunity to get a feel about this phenomenon.
1 hour long show and you'll get dizzy - just watching it. Amazing - worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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“Unique divine experience- Sufi Night Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

A very unique experience. As the dervishes slowly twirl and the divine music transcend you to the other world. The experience is just mesmerizing. One in a lifetime experience. Worth every lira spent.

Visited May 2014
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