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Dance and Diaspora: Persian and Silk Road Dance Performance

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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
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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.