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Ballet Afsaneh - Silkroad dances


Ballet Afsaneh is a professional performing arts company based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.This dynamic group performs dance, poetry, and music of the Silk Road, the historic trade route that stretched 7,000 miles across Central Asia from the China Sea in the east to the Mediterranean in the west. In addition to traditional presentations, the repertoire includes original contemporary work grounded in these classical idioms. Transcendent music and interwoven poetry accompany the stately court dances and dazzling dervish spins of this renowned ensemble.

The name Afsaneh is actually a Persian (Farsi) word which translates as fairytale, legend, a mythical enchantment. Repertoire for concert performances exhibits a wide range, from glittering Byzantine fairytale to incisive, thought provoking contemporary work. The regions represented by the Ballet Afsaneh repertoire include; Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Turkey, Chinese Turkistan, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kazakhstan, and India. The majority of the 15 core dancers, poets and musicians performing with the company are first generation immigrants from Central Asia and Asia Minor, and almost all are women.


Location: San Francisco, California

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