Los Angeles Times

If the television show, 'Are You Hot?' had a fraction of the heat that choreographer-dancer Banafsheh and her all female NAMAH generated at Japan America Theater, the show would have been a hit. Talk about sensual: Iranian- born, locally based Banafsheh, a purveyor of trance dancing and unabashed hair tossing, presented 'En/trance', two hours of exotic music and dance that fused ancient forms with postmodern punch. Most numbers were accompanied by ZARBANG, led by the extraordinary Pejman Hadadi, who opened with a blistering 50-minute set. Banafsheh continuously brought down the packed house with theatrical flair. Soraya Soltani's flowing chiffon and velvet harem-like costumes - including veils that would make Salome jealous -helped amp up the startlingly beautiful whirling dervish moves. Victoria Looseleaf
Banafsheh Dance of Oneness
2014-08-26T14:56:13-07:00
If the television show, 'Are You Hot?' had a fraction of the heat that choreographer-dancer Banafsheh and her all female NAMAH generated at Japan America Theater, the show would have been a hit. Talk about sensual: Iranian- born, locally based Banafsheh, a purveyor of trance dancing and unabashed hair tossing, presented 'En/trance', two hours of exotic music and dance that fused ancient forms with postmodern punch. Most numbers were accompanied by ZARBANG, led by the extraordinary Pejman Hadadi, who opened with a blistering 50-minute set. Banafsheh continuously brought down the packed house with theatrical flair. Soraya Soltani's flowing chiffon and velvet harem-like costumes - including veils that would make Salome jealous -helped amp up the startlingly beautiful whirling dervish moves. Victoria Looseleaf