“Everything in dance is poetry. Every movement describes a story, a feeling. The dancer takes the audience into a world of fairy tales.” ~Farima Berenji
Colors of Persia
September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Dance and Music Journey Through Persia
Join the Simorgh Dance Collective for a dazzing show that celebrates the diverse people, cultures, and dances of Persia. Featuring ethnic dances performed by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Farima Berenji, and musicians Homerya Banejad, Vahid Zomorrodi, and Jason Fann.
Doors open at 6:30 PM
The Simorgh Dance Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Folk Organization, the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, and other generous individuals.
Farima Berenji – Artistic Director, Choreographer
“I cannot put the concert from tonight in words. Emotional, full of energy, oneness and beauty. Especially the last two songs and Farima’s powerful and emotional Sufi whirling left me so affected. I am still shaking from the energy. Will never forget this concert. Thank you again and I hope there will be many more.”—Meral Ozturk – Manchester, England, on Seven Cities of Love
Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist specializing in classical, folkloric, and sacred dances of Persia and the Silk Road. Her training spans a lifetime of intensive collaboration and research with master artists, scholars, and spiritual teachers worldwide. She is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a worldwide collaborative devoted to teach dance technique, interpret, illustrate, present, and perform dances of the Silk Road. Farima performs, offers workshops, and lectures worldwide upon request and has appeared in the US, UK, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mauritius, and Iran. Read more..
Homerya Banejad – Musician, Vocalist
Homerya Banejad is an Iranian daf player and vocalist. As a member of the Iranian Musician Union of Iran she has performed in Iran and the US with Sima Bina, Hamed Nikpay, Simin Ghanem, and many more artists!
Vahid Zomorrodi – Musician, Vocalist
Vahid Zomorrodi is an Iranian musician and vocalist proficient on traditional tambur, setar, and tar.
Jayson Fann – Musical Director
“Jayson Fann interweaves architecture and spirit with seamless grace and beauty. His love of art and culture is celebrated in every detail of his work, his passion is eclipsed only by his exquisite imagination”
Jayson Fann is a interdisciplinary artist, musician, designer and producer with a focus on large scale works that weave natural Architecture, multi-cultural imagery with inspirational messages. The emphasis of his work is creating interactive staged environments for productions that integrate visual arts, activism, performance and ritual. His work is rich with mythical imagery, vibrant colors, rhythm and symbolism inspired by world culture. Jayson traverses the cultural, visual, and musical landscape to create cross cultural collaborations that take place worldwide.
Jayson Fann was featured at the 2008 Pan African film festival, broadcast across fifty African nations on The Africa Channel, featured on BBC, in Conde Naste magazine, New York Times, World Architecture News, In Habitat, and Universal Studio film Production Wanderlust. He has served as stage designer for the critically acclaimed show Spirit Awakening written by Queen Nana Odede Akuyoe Graham and others. Jayson designed the stages for the Esalen International Arts Festival for nine years consecutively, served as the visual arts director for First Night Monterey and built a multi stage arts and performance space called the Big Sur Spirit Garden. Read more..
Simorgh Dance Collective
The Simorgh Dance Collective is a world community of artists devoted to cross-cultural dialogue and artistic collaboration through traditional, classical, and sacred dance styles of the Silk Road. The Collective currently has member companies and artist affiliations in Alaska, British Columbia, Turkey, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more..