From the Archives of A Woman’s View

From the very beginning of Banafsheh’s performance, I realized that we are faced with something entirely different and distinctive from what has commonly been called Persian Dance. Banafsheh’s dance was not only a highly artistic and virtuosic work both in terms of choreography and execution, but also for the first time I was witnessing a dance that one could call contemporary or modern Persian Dance – a dance with its own artistic language, neither Eastern in the style of Arabic, Indian and Chinese, nor Western as in flamenco, Modern European or American. This dance is close to the essence of Persian culture with harmonious movement, insightful, connected to the music and above all, beautiful. The dance form created by Banafsheh can only be called Banafsheh Dance. Much like how Lezgi Dance is reminiscent of Azari culture or flamenco is particular to Spain, etc, Banafsheh Dance can be representative of Persian culture. Banafsheh Dance has another beauty, which comes from being borne in a period where dance is forbidden in our country. In essence, Banafsheh Dance is a heartfelt expression of our cultural and artistic needs that have been long oppressed. Luckily, unlike most of our modern music, both inside or outside of Iran, Banafsheh Dance is not backwards and regressive artistically. It is actually advancing on the path of becoming international. Shokooh Mirzadegi
Banafsheh Dance of Oneness
2016-11-13T19:43:27-08:00
From the very beginning of Banafsheh’s performance, I realized that we are faced with something entirely different and distinctive from what has commonly been called Persian Dance. Banafsheh’s dance was not only a highly artistic and virtuosic work both in terms of choreography and execution, but also for the first time I was witnessing a dance that one could call contemporary or modern Persian Dance – a dance with its own artistic language, neither Eastern in the style of Arabic, Indian and Chinese, nor Western as in flamenco, Modern European or American. This dance is close to the essence of Persian culture with harmonious movement, insightful, connected to the music and above all, beautiful. The dance form created by Banafsheh can only be called Banafsheh Dance. Much like how Lezgi Dance is reminiscent of Azari culture or flamenco is particular to Spain, etc, Banafsheh Dance can be representative of Persian culture. Banafsheh Dance has another beauty, which comes from being borne in a period where dance is forbidden in our country. In essence, Banafsheh Dance is a heartfelt expression of our cultural and artistic needs that have been long oppressed. Luckily, unlike most of our modern music, both inside or outside of Iran, Banafsheh Dance is not backwards and regressive artistically. It is actually advancing on the path of becoming international. Shokooh Mirzadegi