“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

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July 2017

Journey through Uzbekistan

July 1
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan + Google Map

Explore Uzbekistan’s beautiful ethnic music, dance, natural, and cultural heritage in this 10 day tour along the historic Silk Road. Hosted by Farima Berenji, internationally recognized dance scholar and award-winning world dance choreographer and performer. This unique travel experience and opportunity focuses on the history, art, music, and dance traditions of Uzbekistan. Guests will study traditional dance and music with talented local artists including Uzbek dance instructor and performer Zilola Janikulova. Guests will also visit historic cultural sites and points…

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Persian Dance Technique

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$40

Persian dance comes from an ancient culture of 8000 years and its movements are a blend of enchanting sacred movements reflecting birds, animals, flowers, and elements. Persian dance is also inspired by Persian poetry and sensuous miniature artwork. It is delicate, refined, and full of meaning. Delicate hand movements, gentle upper body undulations, and facial expressions are the essential elements of this dance. The focus of this workshop will be on Persian dance techniques such as: Persian hands, movement of…

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Haft Sema (Seven Sema) A Journey of the Heart

July 20 - July 23
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$385

Join Farima Berenji for a four day intensive retreat and venture deep into the heart through sacred circles and sufi whirling practices, practices based on the sacred number seven in Iranian mystical traditions and Sema rituals, Zikr (sufi prayers), and Shamanic healing, music, and sohbet (Sufi spiritual talk). Retreat and training will focus on Farima’s intensive breathwork technique, her unique whirling techniques, and styles based on the Seven Pathways of Love. The number seven has always been a sacred and…

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Huma, Wings of Light

July 22
Cumberland United Church, 2688 Penrith
Cumberland, British Columbia Canada
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Sema Workshop and Performance

July 28
Manchester, UK, Manchester, United Kingdom + Google Map

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August 2017

Folklore Festival Tour

August 1 - August 28
France and Spain,

Performing with the Iranian folklore company touring France and Spain. More details later...

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September 2017

The Lioness – Ancient Iranic Warrioress Dances

September 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
San Jose,

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…

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Journey of the Simorgh

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave
San Jose, CA 95126 United States
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$25

A dance concert performance by the Simorgh Dance Collective of San Jose, adapted from the story Conference of the Birds by Attar and choreographed by Farima Berenji. Doors open at 6:30 PM Tickets $25 Online at http://journeyofthesimorgh.bpt.me $30 at the Door Visit our Facebook event page for details and discussion. 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…

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