Dance and Diaspora: Persian and Silk Road Dance Performance

Dance and Diaspora: Persian and Silk Road Dance Performance

Delight in the sublime with a double billing of dance performances from renowned dance artists Farima Berenji and Shahrzad Khorsandi. Enjoy live accompaniment from locally acclaimed Persian musicians Saman Mahmoudi and Samandar Dehghani, and celebrate the artistry of sacred, classical, and contemporary Silk Road dance.

2 Shows: Feb. 1 and 2. 

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Come early Saturday for an art exhibit displaying paintings by Mohammad Hourian, 7-8pm.

Admission: $20 advance, $25 at the door, $35 Arts Patron
Purchase tickets online

Watch a video interview with the artists

Farima Berenji is an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist. She has performed and instructed nationally and internationally, and has appeared in documentaries hosted by National Geographic and the United Nations.

Shahrzad Khorsandi is dedicated to exploring the boundaries of artistic expression through movement while staying true to the essence of traditional Persian aesthetics. As a choreographer and scholar, she is working to archive an art form that has been outlawed in Iran for the past three decades. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally.

Saman Mahmoudi (Persian classical santour and tombak) started playing Persian drum (tonbak) at the age 5. At the age 10, he began learning the santur under the tutelage of masters Mehdi Setayeshgar and Pashang Kamkar and continued to do so for one year prior to his departure from Iran. Saman came to the US in 1987 and continued his work and music, mainly improvisation based on radif. He had the privilege of performing with many grand masters in Persian classical music such as Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hoshang Zarif, Siamak Shajarian, and the late Parviz Meshkatian and Jalil Shahnaz. He has dedicated himself to performance, instructions, and has been a part of several peace-building performance initiatives.

Samandar Dehghani 
(tar and daf) has studied Persian classical music with Master musicians like Bijan Kamakar, Masoud Habibi in Tehran and Isfahan and has performed with many renowned Persian ensembles.

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  • Kevin G.

    Four dance performances with live daf and santur played by noted Iranian musicians. Two amazingly beautiful dance performances by Farima Berenji with lavish costumes designed by Nancy Rose Atkas. Also solo and ensemble performances by Shahrzad. Wonderful and memorable!

    February 3, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    The show sold out Saturday evening. There may still be tickets for tonight's (Sunday's) performance if you want to come.

    February 2, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    There will be a party after the show Saturday (tonight)! Various dance performances and you will also meet and greet the performers, enjoy food, drinks, and more performances. Please come if you can!

    February 1, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    With this show we are so blessed to have been given the opportunity to promote Iranian dance, culture and music! We are also very blessed to have two very amazing talented musicians Saman Mahmoudi (voice and santour) and Samandar Dehghani (Daf).

    Saturday night there will be a reception in the lobby with some amazing art display. Both nights there will be a lecture and Q/A after the show.

    Hope to see you there!

    January 29, 2014

    • Kevin G.

      The art exhibit/reception displays recent paintings by Mohammad Hourian, 7-8pm

      January 30, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    Watch a video interview with the artists, Farima Berenji and Shahazad Khorsandi, at

    January 26, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    Be sure to purchase your tickets online early to get the advance price. The show is likely to sell out too. Don't be disappointed at the door.

    January 21, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    Note: To avoid confusion the B'Way Theater is inside the ODC Theater commons at[masked]th St.

    B'Way Theater is the name of the auditorium accessible from the[masked]th St entrance. Outside the building the sign reads "ODC Theater." The ODC Theater commons has only studios and offices accessible from another entrance at 351 Shotwell St., which you shouldn't try to enter for the evening performance.

    January 13, 2014

  • Kevin G.

    I will actually be attending the Sunday Feb. 2 show instead of Feb. 1 now. If you are attending and want to meet let others know what day you will be attending: Saturday or Sunday.

    January 10, 2014

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