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Festival of the Silk Road - 2013
The 5th annual Festival of the Silk Road May 18, 2013 at Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater in San Jose.
Come enjoy the festival with daytime fun and
Evening Concerts of dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including Iran, China, Armenia, the Balkans, Turkey, India, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, the Roma and more....
The Festival of the Silk Road unites phenomenal Bay Area dance and musical guests to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of the Silk Road.
These historic trade routes stretched 7,000 miles across Eurasia from the China Sea in the east to the Mediterranean in the west, some call it the internet of antiquity, a cross-pollination of ideas and creativity!
Family fun starts at 2pm in the lovely gardens and lobby of the plaza theater with dance workshops, live music, and much more. Enjoy a picnic with friends and family. In the evening enjoy two concerts in the 500 seat theater with performances of dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road region including Iran, China, Armenia, the Balkans, Turkey, India, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, the Roma and more...
2:00 - 6:00pm Garden Fun Activities and Folkdancing -
FREE for ALL!
Folkdancing, Traditional Costume Exhibit, Mini-Workshop activities and the Silk Road Bazaar begin at 2pm in the beautiful gardens under the palm trees, surrounded by roses! Performances and folkdancing all afternoon with special guests Edessa Music Ensemble, Hasmik Harutyunyan, Aycan Yeter, the Folkdance Federation of California. The ever popular Silk Road Bazaar offers traditional clothing, art, food and light refreshments. Come to the gardens for free folkdance and fun. Bring a family picnic, or enjoy a reasonably priced, delicious Mediterranean meal and Persian foods courtesy of Golnazar Gourmet catering.
Special Afternoon Workshops:
Armenian Folk Dance Workshop with Hasmik Harutyunan 2:00-3:00 pm
Learn Armenian folk dance in the traditional village style with Hasmik Harutyunan from Yerevan Armenia. More info about the artist Here.
This special workshop has a sliding scale, requested donation between $5-15.
Folkdance Workshop with the Folkdance Federation of California 3:00 - 3:30pm
Learn some fun Balkan and Near Eastern folk dances in this mini-workshop, and amaze your friends when the band starts to play! Open to everyone and free admission.
Turkish Black Sea Dances with Aycan Yeter 3:30 - 4:00pm
Mr. Aycan Yeter will lead us all in the energetic and exciting dances of the Black Sea region. Open to everyone and free admission. Read more...
Folk Dances of the Silk Road and Beyond 4:00 - 5:30pm
with the Edessa Music Ensemble
Join us dancing to Edessa Music Ensemble as they rock the crowd with Balkan and Near Eastern dance favorites in the garden.
Open to all and free. Read more....
Folk Dances of the Silk Road and BeyondEdessa Music Ensemble
Join us dancing to Edessa Music Ensemble as they play Balkan and Near Eastern dance favorites in the garden. Open to all and free. Read more....- See more at: http://dancesilkroad.org/festivalsilkroad/prototype/schedule.html#sthash.FVaWsgyU.dpuf
Daf workshop: 2:30-4:00pm
with master percussionist Pezhham Akhavass
All level workshop, beginners welcome. If you do not have a daf, one will be provided for you. Learn how to hold, and play multiple rhythms of the daf, the Persian frame drum. Workshop notes will be provided.
$25 Workshop Fee - Reservations Required
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6:00 - 7:00pm Student Showcase Concert
In the beautiful 500 seat theater, students and disciples of some of the most outstanding world artists in the Bay Area today. Student Showcase performance features the amazing Niosha Dance Academy, the Afsaneh Dance Academy, ARAX Armenian Dancers and more. $20 general admission, $10 Student/Senior.
8:00 - 10:00pm Silk Road All Stars Evening Concert
$30 General Admission, $45 VIP (preferred seating), $18 Student/Senior
Featuring: ARAX Armenian Dance, Ballet Afsaneh, Chinese Performing Arts of America, Edessa Music Ensemble, Hala Dance, Hasmik Harutyunyan, Shahrzad Dance Company, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance,
Vionikos Greek Dancers, Yore Turkish Dance, Aycan Yeter,
The Zaryab Persian Music Ensemble with Neema Hekmat,
Master artists Imamyar Hasanov from Azerbaijan and Pezhham Akhavass from Iran.
* Imamyar Hasanov is the Global Music Director of the San Francisco World Music Festival.
This concert always sells out..... Be sure to buy tickets in advance!
All general activities in the Gardens are Free.
See more at: festivalsilkroad.com
Ballet Afsaneh presents concerts and activities throughout the year featuring dance, poetry, and music of the Silk Road the historic trade route stretching 7,000 miles across Eurasia from the China Sea in the east to the Mediterranean in the west.
photo credit: Shalom Ormsby, Len Gao
When & Where
Afsaneh Art & Culture Society - Ballet Afsaneh
“The top tier of Bay Area world dance.”
--- Alan Ulrich, Voice of Dance
From the historic crossroads of Eurasia to the intersecting diversity of a new America, Afsaneh Art & Culture Society - Ballet Afsaneh programs present eloquent testament to the unique Central Asian expressive arts.
This SF Bay Area based nonprofit organization, and critically acclaimed performance ensemble, present dance, music and poetry of the historic Silk Road regions of Central Asia.
"Afsaneh" is a wonderful word, common to the major language groups of the Silk Road, meaning "legend" or "mythic story" and indeed Ballet Afsaneh has in many ways become a legend in its own time.
The group's traditional repertory includes the folkloric and classical dances of Iran, Turkey, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, China and India. Contemporary work melds ancient art forms with modern dance and theater with a unique and richly imagistic approach.
Founded in 1986, Ballet Afsaneh produces an annual home season in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, presents programs at major performing arts venues, festivals, university theaters, schools, community centers and special events. The company tours both internationally and in the United States. More about Ballet Afsaneh...