“Talkh o Shirin” (Bittersweet)

Life is made up of opposing forces and without one, the other does not exist. When we learn to not only accept both forces, but also perceive them as one integrated entity, we have begun to understand the essence of life.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2006 by SDA Company members Rebekah Fessenden and […]

Not Without You

This dance portrays the pleasure in suffering from yearning for something/someone unreachable, a very common concept in Persian poetry and music.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2003 by SDA Company members Linahla Bulataos, Julie Ferrazzani, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Claire Miller, Jennifer Shindelus Music by Axiom of Choice Videography by John Strader


Finding Peace

This dance was choreographed in reflection of September 11th. It portrays the state of mind and emotions experienced after a tragic loss. It also explores the emotional path to freedom from anger, confusion, and pain.

Choreographed and performed by Shahrzad Khorsandi in 2003 Music by Jalal and Soheil Zolfonoun Videography by John Strader


“Al-Munaajat” (Intimate Discourse)

This fusion piece, performed in the style of Contemporary Persian Ballet, explores the mutual effect of two people on each other as a result of their relationship. Sometimes it may seem that only one person affects the other, but inevitably in the end both are equally changed.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2008 […]


On Friday, December 26, 2003, an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit the city of Bam in Southeastern Iran. The official death toll was reported to be over 43,000. The unofficial death toll, however, is closer to 70,000. Eighty-five percent of the city’s buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, leaving 75,000 survivors dazed and homeless. This […]

“Atash” (Fire)

Fire is worshiped in the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. It represents, light, all that is good, as opposed to darkness, all that is evil. Fire is warm and comforting, it is blazing and scorching, it is welcoming and it is explosive, mesmerizing and destructive. SDA Company members perform this fusion of dance that explores […]