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In the Fire of Grace Dance Film

Rumi’s Journey of the Soul in Dance

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Sacred dancer and choreographer, Banafsheh ignites your soul with her explosive passion as she becomes the embodiment of Rumi’s poetry. She dances through the flames of death and rebirth in the 5 stages of the mystical path that trace the soul’s archetypal journey into union with the Beloved.

Banafsheh’s signature style of the timeless Divine Feminine inside a contemporary gypsy darvish, beckons us to live with passion, wildness, and reverence. In this film, her transmission comes through Sufi whirling, classical and contemporary Persian dance with traces of Flamenco.

Spiritual teacher and scholar, Andrew Harvey, lends his powerful voice to Rumi’s poetry and summons Banafsheh deeper into the flames of death and rebirth. A Shakespeare of the soul, Harvey’s delivery of Rumi’s poetry is captivating.

The dances throughout In the Fire of Grace are illumined by discussions exploring the urgency of Rumi’s message of love to our turbulent world.

The music is by ZARBANG, Davoud Azad, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Pejman Hadadi and Babak Sharifi.

In the Fire of Grace highlights the devastating yet glorious paradoxes of the mystical journey and how love is both pain and joy–a rare jewel that will inspire and elevate you on your spiritual path.

What People Say about "In the Fire of Grace"

One day, in your wine shop,
I drank a little wine
And I threw off the robe of my body
And I knew, drunk on you,
This universe is harmony.
Creation, destruction,
I dance for them both.
– Jalaleddin Rumi
When I watched In the Fire of Grace I forgot that I was watching a video….or that I was even watching a dance I was immersed in the vision. It was an experience, not a spectator activity. The connection both to body and spirit to me is an awe inspiring reminder of something usually unseen.

Nancy Pecsok

This film is exquisite, with Banafsheh’s movements, passion and truth. Rumi’s words and expressions recited by Andrew Harvey and Banafsheh fill our hearts and space with much LOVE. The interview with Banafsheh and Andrew was awesome. I highly recommend it!!!

Susan Beayni

“I was mesmerized. I met both Banafsheh and Andrew Harvey through virtual pilgrimages to Chartres. Both have enriched my life in ways I have yet to articulate—strengthening me through this pandemic. I have never been much of a dancer. Banafsheh helped me appreciate the beauty of the movement I can do. She inspires me to be as fully the person I am, as she is when she is dancing the love and wisdom that flow through her. It helps me to witness beautiful portrayals of both dark states and joyous ones—to search for and experience a balance of both.

Aida Merriweather


Dance of Oneness® is the dance I had been waiting to do all my life. From a young age I had danced, read watched and followed Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Joffery Ballet, Margie Gillis, Gabriel Roth and many more than I can name that moved in a way that spoke to me. Dance of Oneness® is the culmination of all that I had been drawn to in the other dance forms which seemed to be missing the main ingredient. Banafsheh has found the missing thread which is the opening to the Beloved, to truly give yourself in movement to the Divine energy that resides and moves through all of us from the Earth and the Heavens. I felt that for the first time in our dancing. It also reintroduced me to my own body, allowed me to accept my imperfections and for the first time in years swim naked in the ocean. All of this and more.

Janet Sawatsky


Transformative! Banafsheh skillfully takes us step by step to an experience of dance that brings me deeper into my body, to peace, feeling grounded and open to beauty and to love. Most importantly for me, the process brought me to experience a lovingness toward myself. I appreciate her presence of gentleness and fierce passion, and I’m inspired to bring my best self into my world.

Mary Regis