It can be argued that MIRA HUNTER (née BURKE) has been whirling for most of her life. As a visual artist and second-generation sufi mevlevi whirling dervish, she began her traditional training at the age of 16 with her father Raqib Burke and Sheikh Jelaladdin Loras. As a visual artist, she has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Capilano University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating with an MFA from Columbia University in 2013. She has performed at such acclaimed international events as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the London Forum, Istanbul’s Arena, Celebrate Brooklyn, and the Dubai International Film Festival. She has collaborated with Turkish born musician/producer Mercan Dede, the Modern Dance Company of Turkey, she was featured in David Michalek’s Slow Dance project that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2008, and appeared in Fatih Akin's award winning documentary Crossing The Bridge: The Sounds of Istanbul.
The traditional form of Turkish whirling claims to transmit healing energy to human beings present. Hunter collaborates with her husband sculptor, Derek Junck Hunter, creating works that explore the restorative energy of the act of whirling translated through multi media installations, often involving binaural sound recording, bullet time photography and custom built viewing environments. She studies Sufism under Sherif Baba Catalkaya and lives and works in New York City and Roberts Creek, British Columbia.