Welcome To Persia

Welcome To Persia

Persia_20070423bBeautiful costumes, sweet chimes, percussions of Persian music, and graceful dancing is what I experienced this past Saturday evening. And how lovely it was! I took along a little guest, my two-year-old son, Felix, who was mesmerized by all the vibrant colors and exotic music. Toddlers are notorious for short attention spans, but apparently this production captured his attention…for two hours!

With quick costume changes (14 in all), every piece tells a story from each province in Iran, or a special dance for an occasion. With doll–like presence, the dancers gave life to old folklore dances and stories. All of the dances flowed evenly together, with a 15-minute intermission in between two acts.

Superbly choreographed by multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards winner Anna Djanbazian, each piece is surely memorable, especially with the gorgeous costumes. The luxurious fabrics and ornate embellishments easily put the costumes into the Vogue magazine stratosphere. We have finally found where Muccia Prada and Jean-Paul Gaultier draw their inspiration every season! My personal favorites were “Friends”, a joyful, tease dance from Tehran, and “Sarveh-Kashmir”, a traditional dance from a southeast province of Iran, called Baluchestan, where they are dancing the rites of passage for a wedding celebration.

As if the feast for the eyes were not enough, the ears also had theirs. The upbeat thumps of the drums coupled with the ancient string instrument, the santoor, and high-pitched violins were recognizable to me growing up in a Persian household. That distinct sound brought back many fond memories. Along the way, there are some brilliant words of wisdom in the form of poetry, called “ Rumi: The Path to Enlightenment”--excellent mediation material.

If you enjoy and appreciate the arts, this performance is not to missed. Not only is this art and divine entertainment, but it also is a wonderful look back at the history of one of the world’s greatest civilizations, rich with culture and originality.

"Welcome To Persia" Author: Roxanna Bina Originally published: Sun, 22 Apr 2007

 

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