Many Santa Feans know Zuleikha as the evocative dancer who presents an annual concert celebrating the poetry of the 13th century Persian Sunnin Muslim poet Rumi at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Along with poet and translator Coleman Barks and musicians such as Glen Velez, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Dawn Avery, Eugene Friesen, David Darling and Jai Uttal, Zuleikha brings Rumi’s poetry to life through her unique storytelling.
But behind the scenes, Zuleikha is a globe-trekking, multi-talented movement specialist who calls herself a “storydancer.” Through working with her own body, she has developed a movement vocabulary that is understood throughout the world.
“My own performance is a type of communication,” she explains. “It feels very exalting to me. I try to bring something about the human experience to others when I perform.” [Read More…]