A Weekend of World Music and Dance with Shahrzad Khorsandi
Persian Dance & Music Weekend Coming to Denver! Oct. 5-7, 2017
The Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Clarinoodle Productions LLC, and Bella Diva Dance present a weekend of world music and dance with Shahrzad Khorsandi from San Francisco, California and the Farabi Ensemble from Westminster, Colorado.
WORKSHOP: Thursday, Oct 5th 6:30-9:00 PM – 2.5 Hrs
$40 in advance, $50 at the door if space is available. Class limited to 22 participants.
On Thursday, Oct 5th, Bella Diva Dance School will be offering a Persian dance master workshop with Shahrzad, where students will learn fundamental Persian dance technique and aesthetics that will be staged into a choreography to be performed the following day at the Mercury Café, during the weekend showcase with the Farabi Ensemble.
Persia, bordering Central Asia and the Middle East, is the home of Classical Persian Dance. This dance style is a fluid yet rhythmic dance form, which emphasizes the use of hands and wrists. The movement and positioning of the body reflect the rich and refined aesthetics of Persia. The focus of this course is on the shape of the hands, movement of the wrists and feet, isolation and coordination of arms and legs, and capturing the Persian aesthetics in the body line. Nomenclature of the movements will be presented in Farsi. Pre-recorded Classical Persian music will be used in class from Colorado’s own Farabi Ensemble and other selections.
Shahrzad’s unique style of Contemporary Persian Ballet captures and combines the unleashed expression of contemporary dance with the refined, poetically potent aesthetics of ancient Persia, resulting in choreography that is both conceptual and organically expressive.
This master class explores Persian aesthetics manifested in fundamental body positions, lines, and transitions. Specific movement vocabulary will be presented and drilled in simple movement phrases that allow the dancer to integrate the technique and style into their body. This course is perfect for those new to Persian dance and seasoned Persian dancers, who seek a foundational technique class to become more grounded in the style.
Evening of Persian Culture, Music, & Dance: Friday, Oct 6th 7:30-9:30 PM
The Ballroom at the Mercury Cafe
2199 California St. Denver CO 80205
Honoring Mehregan, the Persian Harvest Festival, an evening of live music and dance performances by Shahrzad and Bella Diva Dance.
Advanced Tickets: $20.00 General Seating
At the Door: $30.00
Let’s start October strong with great world dance activities we can enjoy together. Join us this upcoming weekend while we dance and learn about Persian culture!