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Journey of the Simorgh
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
Atherton, CA
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Journey of the Simorgh
A dance and music concert by the Simorgh Dance Collective, adapted from the Persian epic Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Persian sacred, classical, and folkloric dances choreographed by Farima Berenji, Persian music performed by Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble, and expertly narrated by award winning actor and director Sadegh Hatefi.

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Journey of the Simorgh

Farid al-Din Attar (c. 1145  c. 1221) was a Persian poet and one of the greatest Sufi mystical writers and thinkers, composing at least 45,000 couplets and many brilliant prose works.

In Attars epic poem, The Conference of the Birds, the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their king. The Hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh, a mythical Persian bird. The Hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents one from attaining enlightenment. Of the many birds that begin the journey, only thirty birds survive to reach the dwelling of the Simorgh. There, the birds approach the throne contemplating their reflections in the mirrorlike countenance of the Simorgh, only to realize that they and the Simorgh are one.

Simorgh (SEE-morg) in Persian can also be read as Si (thirty) Morgh (bird).

   If Simorgh unveils its face to you, you will find
   that all the birds, be they thirty or forty or more,
   are but the shadows cast by that unveiling.
   What shadow is ever separated from its maker?
   Do you see?
   The shadow and its maker are one and the same,
   so get over surfaces and delve into mysteries.
   Farid al-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds

Tickets: $35 advance, $40 at the door
Visit http://journeyofthesimorgh.farimadance.com for more details

Special Dual Concert Pass Offer: $50 advance only.
In addition to a Journey of the Simorgh ticket obtain a ticket to Tarsa on February 22, 2020 in San Jose with this special two ticket package offer.  Receive $10 off admission for both concerts.  Visit http://tarsa.bpt.me for more details on the Tarsa concert.

Farima Berenji  Artistic Director, Choreographer
as the Simorgh
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.

Sadegh Hatefi  Director, Actor, Narrator
as Attar of Nishapur
Sadegh Hatefi is a director, screenwriter, author, and award-winning actor, known for Ghodrat (2007), Simorgh (1987) and Battle of Oil Tankers (1994). He has been director of the films and theatrical productions Story of Rumi and Shams, Simorgh, and Muhammad: The Messenger of God.

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.

Homeyra Banejad and Ensemble
Homerya 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!


Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (View)
555 Middlefield Rd
Atherton, CA 94027
United States


Arts > Dance
Music > World

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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