Afsaneh Art & Culture Upcoming Events!
Afsaneh Art & Culture Society Newsletter In This Issue UPCOMING EVENTS AFSANEH DANCE ACADEMY RECENT REVIEWS! YES WE CAN, and WE WILL! TAJIK DANCE INITIATIVE NEWS AFSANEH RECOMMENDS VOLUNTEER!! Quick Links Afsaneh Website
Join Our List UPCOMING EVENTS BALLET AFSANEH
December 6, Saturday Afternoon, Berkeley CA
A Musical Journey Through Persia
5-7pm, Julia Morgan Theater
A special concert of dance, music and poetry featuring music by Neema Hekmat on santur, Rachel Valfer, Salokhiddin Fakhriev, Fares Hedayati, Kaveh Heydayati, Navid Heydayati. Miriam Peretz assistant director Ballet Afsaneh, solo dance. Adeleh Moghaddam - poetry recitation.
Advance tickets strongly advised: TICKETS ONLINE
More Information.... Contact: nhekmat@...
February 7, Berkeley CA Save the Date!
Showcase: Work in Progress
8:30pm - Western Sky Studios
Ballet Afsaneh and members of Afsaneh Dance Academy, presenting works in progress. An intimate concert of traditional music and dance.
"Performance in Communities" South Bay
A series of small family performances in the South Bay during fall and spring 2008-09 at libraries, schools, senior centers, and community events.
Free and Open to the Public.
December 13, 2008: San Jose Public Library -Vineland Branch
Time: 3:00 pm Information: (408) 978-1318
December 17, 2008: San Jose Library -Hillview Branch
Time: 6:30 pm Information: (408) 808-3033
December 20, 2008: San Mateo Public Library
Time: 2:25 pm Information: (650) 522-7800
January 17, 2008: San Jose Public Library -Cambrian Branch
Time: 3:00 pm Information: (408) 808-3080
March 7, 2009: San Jose Public Library -Evergreen Branch
Time: 3:00 pm Information: (408) 808-3080
March 14, 2009: San Jose Public Library -Ellington Branch
Time: 1:00 pm Information: (408) 808-3043
Is your organization is interested in providing an opportunity for families to enjoy and learn more about the art and cultures we represent? There are still dates available in Spring 2009! We invite you to contact Ballet Afsaneh to reserve a date. Thanks to the support of the Arts Council Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, who have helped make this series possible for the '08 - '09 season! info@...
Coming this Spring!! April 5th & 7th, 2009
Ballet Afsaneh & The Marin Symphony
Collaborative Program: "Central Asia to Stravinsky"
Marin Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael Civic Center
Exploring ancient Central Asian inspirations for Igor Stravinsky's masterwork "The Rite of Spring".
More information coming soon...
AFSANEH DANCE ACADEMY Class Schedule: Fall 2008
Afsaneh Dance Academy - N Bay
Mondays 8:00 - 9:30pm
Persian & Central Asian Dance
Adult Class at Western Sky Studio
Instructor: Miriam Peretz, Assistant Director Ballet Afsaneh
Contemporary Persian Workshop, Sufi Turning, Choreography & Technique.
Information: miriamp@..., (510) 848-2192
Winter Workshop: Tajik - Kulobi & Shashmakom styles
Culminating in a Showcase Performance February 7th8th Street Studios - BerkeleyInformation: miriamp@..., (510)848-2192
Instructor: Miriam Peretz, Assistant Director Ballet Afsaneh
Afsaneh Dance Academy - South Bay
Ballet Afsaneh Dance Academy in San Jose holds Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Persian and Central Asian Dance Classes as well as a new Cultural Education Dance Class-Dances of Persia. Join us and explore the wonderful culture of Persia and Central Asia through dance. Your first Session is FREE for all prospective new students.
San Jose Classes & Seminars
Dances of Persia
Children-Dances of Persia 1:30-2:30 pm Saturdays
Children-Dances of Persia 5:00-6:00 pm Thursdays
Adults-Dances of Persia 9:00-10:00 pm Thursdays
Instructor: Farima Berenji, Ballet Afsaneh Ensemble Dancer
Join us on a journey to Persia and learn the great wonders of this region through dance. This class will introduce the beautiful and elegant dances, culture, and rhythms of Persia including basic/beginning Classical and Contemporary Persian as well as folklore dances.
Information: farima_berenji@..., (408) 386-5005
Monthly Workshops with Ms. Rosa !!
Persian and Central Asian Dance - Teens and Adults
Intermediate/Advanced - Performance Level
Classical Persian & Central Asian Dance
Instructor: Rosa Rojas, Ballet Afsaneh Premiere Soloist
Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to study with a master dancer. Learn Persian Classical and Central Asian dance movements, enhance your dance technique with new choreography. Call for a complete schedule for San Jose.
Information: rosarosarojas@..., (510) 708-7672
Special Thanks Capacity Crowd Celebrates Afghan Culture at SF Asian Art Museum!Many thanks to Tameem Afzali, musician extraordinaire, and all who attended the recent MATCHA performance. Read the Great Review!"The most spectacular item of the night was not the collection of ancient artifacts, nor the food, nor the building, but the very impressive Ballet Afsaneh." -- Rob Pierce, Buzzine Magazine
Sold out performance for Miriam's Well!
A truly inspiring, sold out concert, special thanks and congratulations to Miriam Peretz along with all of the artists, staff and volunteers!
As We Rise to the Challenge! We Need Your Support.....Now more than ever Art, Dance, and Music are important sources of inspiration, comfort, and hope for us all in difficult times. Together we are ready, to rise to the challenges of the coming months, with the resources and talent that can bring us together, bridging the boundaries that separate and weaken us. Many artists in California will face great challenges this year in keeping their commitment to serving the public.
Can you help Afsaneh Art & Culture Society keep the arts alive and well in 2009?
A tax deductable donation can be made securely online, and even a small amount, from many hands, can help us move mountains..... Yes We Can! We Do, and We Will!
To Donate online just Click Here!
TAJIK DANCE INITIATIVE 2008 News
In 2005, AACS and the artists of our performance ensemble, Ballet Afsaneh, launched the Tajik Dance Initiative. The Humanities Link Program, TDI's two year project with AACS in 2006 and 2007, engaged Tajik artists, scholars and arts administrators with their international counterparts. Creating opportunities for collaborative work, and support for the dance and related expressive arts of Tajikistan.
Grand Opening! TDI - Tashabussi Raksi Tojik
The Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) is now open daily and hosting several ongoing classes in dance. The resource library is building its archives with information available on dance, artists and access to web based information on Tajik culture. TDI is truly honored by the participation of Ustad Nazim Nurjanov, legendary scholar of traditional dance and theater, in our efforts. A series of public performance events is planned for summer 2009. The PARCenter now houses the TDI NGO Offices, the Arts Resource Library, and an independent Gallery/Studio/Event Space. It is located at:
"The Young Tourist Center"
13 Chechova St
Lola Ulugova, Director
Dilovar Paruzshoev, Liaison
Visit the TDI-Humanities Link Project blog site for a glimpse of this past year's collaborative field work in the Pamirs: Visit the TDI Blogsite
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions
January 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 2009
11am-7pm, Palace of Fine Arts, SF
Dozens of dance companies will perform before a group of esteemed panelists! Come see the great diversity and talent the Bay Area has to offer. The best deal in town, Adults $7 -Children under 12 Free, all day!
Nejad World Music Center - San Jose, CAThe Nejad World Music Center, established in 1997, teaches traditional Persian music to youth and adults in the community. The Nejad World Music Center Youth Orchestra, the largest traditional youth orchestra outside of Iran, were featured performers at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Cowell Theater, and the San Francisco World Music Festival.
Individual and group classes are taking place 6 days a week at the Nejad World Music Center . The NWMC is a dynamic and lively setting that has become a gathering place, both for the community and visiting artists from abroad.
Board Members & Volunteers Needed! Dear Friends of Ballet Afsaneh,
We are seeking nominations for individuals who resonate with the mission of Ballet Afsaneh and Afsaneh Art & Culture Society's work: sharing the beauty of Central Asian - Silk Road art and culture with all. If you or someone you know has experience, skills and/or connections that can help us to manifest our long range artistic and organizational goals please contact us and feel free to nominate yourself!
Why Should I be a Board Member?
- Be part of a vibrant arts network.
- Become a driving force in a creative community.
- Network and have new learning opportunities.
- Meet new and interesting people with whom you share common interests.
- Make a difference in your world through art and culture.
- Be the arts and cultural advocate you always wanted to be, and serve the Bay Area community
We are looking for individuals with backgrounds in strategic planning, non-profit governance, the music/dance industry, arts education, marketing and public relations, event planning and implementation, financial management and fund-raising. However we also invite people with skills in business or other arenas who may not have had experience as a board member, but who bring particular skills and enthusiasm. Our Board of Directors meets quarterly and board members volunteer between 4-12 hours a month. To learn more about Board service or nominate someone, please contact us at this email address info@... or call at 415-488-0944.
We are also seeking individuals who might want to serve on the Advisory Board - contact us about these positions as well. The Advisory Board serves mainly in a consulting capacity. Contact us for more information or to discuss these volunteer positions
Finally, we are also welcoming folks who would like to serve as a volunteer at various events or for particular tasks - so don't hesitate to call even if you cannot serve on the board but can do some volunteer work.
To find out more about Ballet Afsaneh and upcoming events visit our website: www.dancesilkroad.org
The Artists, Staff, and Board Members,
Ballet Afsaneh - Afsaneh Art & Culture Society
"Let the beauty we love be what we do" -- RumiAfsaneh Art & Culture Society | 2059 Camden Ave Ste #102 | San Jose | CA | 95124
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