“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...