“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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March 2018

Norouz Performance at West Valley Branch Library

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd
San Jose, CA 95117 United States
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Celebrate Norouz with dance performances by Farima Berenji and the Simorgh Dance Collective. Nowruz celebrates the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. Sponsored by the San Jose Public Library and the City of San Jose.

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Annual Student Norouz Show and Fundraiser

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Center for Creative Living, 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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$10 - $15

Celebrate Norouz, Persian New Year, in this cultural dance and music studio gathering with dance performances by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Farima Berenji and Bay Area guest artists, live music, and potluck. Includes silent auction of elegant costumes, jewelry, accessories, and many treasures. Stay for open floor dancing at the end. Musicians and dancers feel free to come show your talent. Bring a potluck dish to share. Suggested admission: $10-15 donation. Donations gratefully appreciated. All profits help fund dancers of…

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Workshops, Sema Gathering, and Norouz Performance

March 9 - March 11
Abbey Studio, 2687 Penrith Ave.
Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 Canada
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$10 - $25

Friday March 9, 7:30-10:00pm: Dance Performances and Sema Performances and Sema GatheringPlan to join Farima Berenji and her Comox Valley Simorgh Collective at the Abbey Studio on for an evening of Persian traditional and sacred dance performances. The show will be followed by a Sema Gathering (Sufi Whirling) facilitated by Farima. With Farima’s guidance we will learn personal and spiritual Sema or Sufi Whirling as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music. Feel free to…

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Journey of the Simorgh

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 12310 Lorraine St
Anchorage, AK 99516 United States
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$35 - $40

A dance concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective of Alaska, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dance choreographed by Farima Berenji. Admission includes ethnic dance performances, dinner, silent auction, and open dance floor. "It was in China, late one moonless night, The Simorgh first appeared to mortal sight. He let a feather float down through the air, And rumors of its fame spread everywhere." ~Farid ud-Din Attar…

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Cultural Dance Workshops and Tour of Georgia

March 26 - April 2
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Georgian dance and culture workshops with Farima Berenji and the Simorgh School of Dance (CID-UNESCO) and guest instructors of the Georgian National Dance Company. Includes visits to local cultural groups and landmarks. Instructors Farima Berenji - Dance Ivo Boswijik - Music & Culture Ketevan Tsiklauri - Dance and Guests Participants have the opportunity to perform with the National Dance Company at the end of the intensive/lessons. Payment Includes Accommodations All Meals Airport Transportation Sightseeing All Dance Classes and Workshops Visits…

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