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Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Hoca Pasa Mh. Hocapasa Hamami Sokak 3, | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34412, Turkey (Sirkeci)
+90 212 511 4626
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Type: Performances
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... more » 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. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

You must remember first and foremost, this is a spiritual experience. It's not entertainment. You are witnessing a cultural ceremony. No photography is permitted and you do not applaud after the ceremony. The HodjaPasha is a restored 550 year old Ottoman Hamam (Turkish Bath). Seating surrounds the performance area; the room holds only about 200 so you are close to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We went for the show called rhythm of the dance-- it was exceptional. The dancers are sooooo energetic and good!!! The male belly dancer was amazing-- when he first came out we were not sure we would enjoy as its rather unconventional -- but he was simply epic!! The group dances were also electric!! Worth every penny -- we paid... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is not a mickey mouse show. This is a real prayer ceremony. Be prepared to sit and learn and enjoy a true cultural and spiritual journey of a different dimension. If you think this is a twirling dervishes show, you will miss the real show within,. Highly recommended..

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Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you want to experience the whirling dervishes this is the right place to watch them. There are only 4 rows of seats so there is a great view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Very entertaining dance and imagery show. Must see. Wear shorts if you go in summer. A bit warm in hall.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Just come back from watching their show "Rhythm of the Dance" - great show. The theatre is in an old hammam which lends itself really well to the very sophisticated light show.The dancers were talented, energetic and had a really good rapport with the audience. There was a selection of dance styles which have been given a modern twist with... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

EXPERIENCE The Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, in my view, is the best place to watch a Whirling Dervish show. The centre has a fascinating space with good acoustics and atmospheric lighting, the perfect venue for the enchanting nature of the performance. Before entering the hall, do remember to enjoy the Turkish tea and delight at the bar. After enjoying the refreshments,... More

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Some of the reviews are based on the swirling dirvish show. Ignore the reviews and that show. You can see a whirling dirvish at a lot of restaurants and frankly there's not much to see after watching the dancer spin several times. Impressive but not worth a full show. Instead , check out the Rhythm of Dance show. It's a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

a beautiful place the performance takes a hour ,price 60 lira start with music later the derwishes arrive and start their ritual dance /pray we become impressed by the dance /pray and the spiritual feeling the combination of music singing and dancing makes the hour goes extremely quick worth wile nearby is a taxi stop

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

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... More

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