“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
Lecture on Persian Dance from the Qajar Dynasty to the Modern Age by Farima Berenji.
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In the early 19th century, new styles of dance began to develop in Persia. Artists traveled to Europe, creating a bloom of modernism in the arts, particularly in the royal courts. Illustrations of this period include splendid paintings and texts emphasizing modern contemporary dances is the court and among the elite families. The West, largely as a result of political connections with France, England, and Germany, increasingly influenced Iranian art and dance. As a result, dancing changed dramatically, and classical Persian dance styles merged with Western ones. Ballet, Flamenco, and other modern dance influences migrated to Iran, ushering in the modern age of Persian Dance.