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Colors of Persia
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
Cupertino, CA
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Colors of Persia
Join the Simorgh Dance Collective for a dazzing show that celebrates the diverse people, cultures, and dances of Persia. Featuring ethnic dances performed in costume by the Simorgh Dance Collective, Farima Berenji, members of the Aylan Dance Group, and live music and vocals by Homeyra Banejad (daf) and Vahid Zomorrodi (setar, tambour). Other musicians include Soroush Foroudi (Setar), Mona Garfari (Tonbak), Pooya Monajemi (Daf), and Farin Foroudi (Percussion).

Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Farima Berenji  Artistic Director, Choreographer

I cannot put the concert from tonight in words. Emotional, full of energy, oneness and beauty. Especially the last two songs and Farimas powerful and emotional Sufi whirling left me so affected. I am still shaking from the energy. Will never forget this concert. Thank you again and I hope there will be many more.
Meral Ozturk  Manchester, England, on Seven Cities of Love

Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, choreographer, instructor, lecturer, dance ethnologist, and archaeologist specializing in classical, folkloric, and sacred dances of Persia and the Silk Road. Her training spans a lifetime of intensive collaboration and research with master artists, scholars, and spiritual teachers worldwide. She is the founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a worldwide collaborative devoted to teach dance technique, interpret, illustrate, present, and perform dances of the Silk Road. Farima performs, offers workshops, and lectures worldwide upon request and has appeared in the US, UK, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mauritius, and Iran.

Homeyra Banejad  Musician, Vocalist

Homeyra Banejad is an Iranian daf player and vocalist. As a member of the Iranian Musician Union of Iran she has performed in Iran and the US with Sima Bina, Hamed Nikpay, Simin Ghanem, and many more artists!

Vahid Zomorrodi  Musician, Vocalist

Vahid Zomorrodi is an Iranian musician and vocalist proficient on traditional tambur, setar, and tar.

Simorgh Dance Collective

The Simorgh Dance Collective is a world community of artists devoted to cross-cultural dialogue and artistic collaboration through traditional, classical, and sacred dance styles of the Silk Road. The Collective currently has member companies and artist affiliations in Alaska, British Columbia, Turkey, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Simorgh Dance Collective gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Folk Organization, the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, and other generous individuals.


Good Samaritan United Methodist Church (View)
19624 Homestead Road (near Wolfe)
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > World

Minimum Age: 6
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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