The Call

Sara Zaltash

  • 0






    Granting disabled

  • Summary

    Sharing an ancient call of longing for divine Oneness, artist Sara Zaltash will sing and teach the Islamic call-to-prayer at dawn every day of the Borderland. Inspired by Islam, Sufism, Burner Principles, the TAZ, freedom, love and hope.

    Full description of concept

    Since 2011, Sara Zaltash has been performing an adapted version of the Islamic call-to-prayer within performance, art, festival and political contexts in the UK and Europe, sharing its profound message of unified longing for divine connection with the cultures that she believes are shaping humanity’s collective future. Her distinctive Call has grown from an elegiac offering to something approaching an interactive singing and Islamic Sufi history lesson. Zaltash gently agitates many people's preconceived notions of Islam while teaching the meaning of the Arabic lyrics, offering insights as to why and how the Call is sung, and delivering an exceptionally stunning vocal performance with humour, humility and reverence. The New York Times noted her offering as “a radical act of worship”. At Nowhere 2016, Zaltash offered the Call every morning at dawn. In 2017, she wishes to share the Call at each dawn of the Borderland and Burning Man.

    The Call that Zaltash offers is translated thus:

    The Oneness is the Greatest!

    I testify that there is no god greater than the Oneness!

    Come to sanctuary!

    Come to prayer!

    The Oneness is the Greatest!

    There is no god greater than the Oneness!

    Here is an audio recording of Zaltash teaching the Call at a queer cabaret in the Southbank, London:

    At once beautiful, brave and devout, Zaltash’s Southbank performance demonstrates that it is possible to transcend fear and prejudice, and sing together with compassion and respect.

    At the Borderland, Zaltash will begin by sharing the Call from her home camp, La Botica Exotica. Over the course of the gathering, she hopes to connect with other camps to find loving communities and powerful settings for each dawn Call. At Nowhere 2016, these included dance floors, temples and mountaintops (that's the image that you see above, taken by the sure-eyed Hana Wolf). Leaving no trace, except in the hearts and souls of all creatures who gather, hear, sing and learn the Call, Zaltash hopes to strike light and promise into the glorious dawn that each Borderling shares with creation.

    Sara needs very little to bring this offering to the Borderland. She is recovering from illness, and simply by supporting her basic travel expenses, Borderlings can make this dream come true.

    In advance of the gathering, Sara has the opportunity to undertake advanced study of the Call and its Islamic and Sufi origins with the all-female Maryam Mosque in Copenhagen. If Borderlings wanted to offer Sara further support to enhance their participation in the Call, then they could invest in these studies. By investing in the quality of their experience, Borderlings will be supporting loving actions that leaves no trace, and which can radically change the world.

    About the group/Artist

    Sara Zaltash is a British-Iranian performance artist and Schumacher Institute Fellow, crafting shared actions that evolve political, philosophical and spiritual realities. As well as performing and creating interactive artwork in UK and Europe for over a decade, Zaltash has been attending Burner events since Burning Man 2010, and wrote her masters' dissertation about the relationship between consciousness and technology at Burner events. "Zaltash is electrifying... See her if you can." The Guardian.

    Team and plan

    While Zaltash undertakes the physical, performative and spiritual preparations for the Call alone, she will entreat the support of her camp fellows at La Botica Exotica and each open hearted Borderling that she encounters to build each experience of the dawn Call.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    Sara Zaltash holds final line of responsibility for all MOOP that appears after each Call.

    Budget overview

    Train from Sara's home in Tilehurst (Berkshire) to Gatwick Airport: 250 DKK
    Return flights from Gatwick to Copenhagen: 850 DKK

    Minimal living expenses while in Copenhagen for 14 days: 4500 DKK
    Accommodation in Copenhagen: with Maryam Mosque associates, free.

    Travel from Copenhagen to the Borderland, camp dues and all other expenses will be supplied by Sara Zaltash.

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    By suggesting beautiful settings, hosting the Call, participating in the dawn Call, learning to Call with Zaltash and by sharing the message of Oneness which the Call proffers.

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


    •  The dream website

    • Do you need electricity from the grid? No.

    • Will there be light? No.

    • Will anything burn? No.

    • What is your audio footprint? Zaltash calls bold and strong, for approximately 10 minutes each morning. Depending on the Borderlings who gather with her, the volume and duration of the Call may expand.

    • Forces of nature We will stand and sing strong with the forces of nature.

    • Next random dream