ODC's Next Dance and Diaspora Features Farima Berenji and Shahrzad Khorsandi, 2/1
ODC is pleased to announce the program for the next installment of Dance and Diaspora, its biannual showcase celebrating the world of dance within the Bay Area. Next month's double bill runs Saturday to Sunday, February 1 - 2, 2014, and features work by Persian dance artists Farima Berenji and Shahrzad Khorsandi. Next month ODC offers audiences a window into the breadth of Persian dance, from classical to contemporary. Berenji and Khorsandi, last seen at ODC in the world premiere of Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night, will each perform two works, incorporating live music and poetry. Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist and archaeologist. "Poetry in Motion", the name Berenji has given to her own dance style, is an improvisational dance form that draws on Persian classical poetry and sacred teachings from Iran and Central Asia. ForDance and Diaspora Berenji will premiere two solos. The first piece titled The Persian Garden is inspired by Persian miniature art and adheres to classical Persian dance traditions. In the following solo, Dance of the Soul, Berenji performs a work exploring the conventions of mystical Sufi movement. Berenji will be accompanied by Persian musiciansSamandar Dehghani and Saman Mahmoudi.