“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
The Lioness – Ancient Iranic Warrior/ Warrioress Retreat
April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019$400 – $425
On the Path of the Ancient Ones…
We will take on the path of the ancients, a journey of discovery, in space and time to reconnect with ancient Warrioresses of Persia, Mesopotamia, and the Near East. Drinking deeply from hidden wells of inspiration, now being revealed in our time, we re-discover our empowerment in the process. Join us on an exciting and unique journey of inner and outer exploration as we awaken the ancients within us.
Open for both men and women, this intensive workshop will be based on Farima’s theories and research on movements, ritual dances (based on archery, spear, and horses in war practices) and symbols of the Iranic and Mesopotamian female commanders, empresses, and the Indo-Iranian Amazons.
The workshop will have an overview of various movements and dance figures originating from these ancient warrior tribes such as:
- Amazons (Ha-mazan) – “Amazons” is derived from the Indo-Iranian word “Ha-mazan” meaning “Woman Warriors” who were fighters of the early 5th century of current Caspian region and the northwestern province of Iran (Azarbaijan).
- Ardalans – “The Mighty Fighters” and great horseback riders.
- Sarmatian – The great spear fighters.
- Scythian – The great women archers.
- Hazarabam – Known for their great sword skills, the Hazarbam fighting units were famously known as the “Immortal Army.”
- Dances of the Medes and Pre-Elimite Dynasty, known as “The Lioness.”
- Arrow making, survival skills, ancient warrior crafts
$400 Simorgh Dance Collective members, $425 non-members
Payment includes meals and shared accommodations. Transportation is not included.
The Lioness Project©
Ancient history is filled with women of various Iranian stock who were warriors as well as Goddesses. The role of the ancient Persian female warriors of Iranian stock can be traced back several millennium. In Persia, women enjoyed a level of gender equality unmatched even to this day. Iranian women were always noted for their strength, courage, status, and affluence.
Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director and Dance Ethnologist Farima Berenji, the Lioness Project© is based on many years of collaborative research with Iranian scholars, archaeological research, and discoveries on the history, rituals, dances, and symbols of ancient Persian, Indo-Iranian and Mesopotamian female commanders, empresses, and the Indo-Iranian Hamazan (Amazons). It introduces movements, rituals and choreography inspired by battle and sacred movements of these ancient warrioresses.
Farima has studied these ancient battle movements, armory, and the connections between these movements with modern dance form. Her findings, theories, and dance techniques are currently taught by many educational and dance institutions across the globe including institutions and organizations in Iran and Turkey. All of the movements or technique presented has been verified and researched by Farima and her team during intensive archaeological excavations.
Farima has worked as a UN scholar, researcher, and excavations team leader into Iranian archeology. Her work has emphasized the preservation of ancient and mystical Iranic dances. Farima teaches her own unique movement and techniques that are researched and inspired during her various studies in Khaneqas (Sufi Houses) and Fire temples of Khorasan, Kurdistan, Tehran, Shiraz, and various areas in Central Asia. Farima has traveled and devoted many years of her life, excavating, researching, and uncovering the mysterious history of ancient warriors and commanders of ancient Persia. Along with her archaeological and dance research Farima has studied ancient battle movements, armory, and the connections between these movements with modern dance form.
Farima is one of the few Iranian women allowed to teach, write, and perform the Gwati and Vahishta Sema Rituals in Iran and worldwide. She has been recognized by Iran and UN as a pioneer for the original mystic Rituals of Khorasan. She is the first Iranian woman to have received the UNESCO award and certification, the first Iranian woman artist honored by the National Folk Organization, and the first Iranian woman and dancer to have been chosen to speak and perform for a TED Talk. Farima is an active UNESCO dance ambassador.
Farima and her collective were the first Iranians to be invited and perform during a reception for US President, Governor of Alaska, United Nations, European Union, Ambassador of Canada, and for the Ambassador of Spain.