The style of dance is called “Bandari” (the word “Bandar” means port in Persian). The music and dance style are highly influenced by both Arab and African rhythms and movement. This piece not only celebrates the arrival from a long journey, but the journey itself.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2003 by SDA […]

“Ghalibaf” (Rugweaver)

A woman is weaving a rug, as she has every day of her life since childhood. The geometric shapes and patterns of the rug, along with the repetitive motion of the weaving, lead her into a trance where she begins to dance with the shapes and patterns of her inner music.

Choreographed and Performed in […]

“Be Yad-e Gilan” (In Remembrance of Gilan)

A folk dance from Ghasemabad, in northern Iran. This dance is about harvesting rice, the most abundant and popular food from that region. As in most folk dances, kids and adults dance together to celebrate the abundance of food. SDA students perform the Persian snap, beshkan, while dancing, to accentuate the rhythm.

Choreography by Shahrzad […]

“Chai-khooneh” (Teahouse)

This style of Persian dance is refered to as Jaheli. The word Jahel, meaning ignorant and juvenile, refers to a Persian male street character who is very macho and somewhat of a neighborhood bully. A Jahel’s typical place to hang out and have tea with other Jahels is the neighborhood teahouse.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi […]

“Baroon” (Rain)

A prayer for rain is answered. This dance represents the bounty of harvest and the unity of a village, working hard and in harmony in planting seeds, and sharing the bread.

Choreography by Shahrzad Khorsandi Performed in 2003 by SDA Company members Rania Flores, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Kim Mendes, Debbie Smith, Sana Webb Music […]

“Aroosak” (Doll)

This dance is an excerpt from a theatrical piece where a child’s doll comes to life as the child sleeps. The dance plays on the fine line between image and reality. Is it real? Or is it an illusion?!

Choreographed and Performed in 2003 by Shahrzad Khorsandi Music by Persian Dance Music (Caltex Records) Videography […]