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Anahid Sofian Dance Company

Selected Repertory
..her rippling hands looked gracious, and her spinnings were reminders that such motions were known long beforethey became popular among modem-dance choreographers. Similarly, solos in which the dancers let pieces of fab-ric swirl about them, suggested why ... the innovative choreographers and stage designers for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes werefascinated by the curving lines of Middle Eastern dances. 
(Jack Anderson, New York Times)

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The Company specializes in dances of the Near and Middle East - Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Armenia, Persia - and has been acclaimed for its ability to perform in a wide range of styles, from traditional to contemporary interpretations, incorporating elements from ballet, modem dance and jazz. The repertory is unique and original and the dancers and musicians the best in their field.
Morocco
Inspired by the Berber dances of southern Morocco, this dance incorporates elements of trance dances found throughout the Middle East, and conveys the mystical power and vitality of tribal communion. Accompanied by percussion ensemble in North African style and meter.
Le Jardin Le Jardin
The dances of Armenian women often depict elements in nature and are notable for their haunting sweetness and poetic imagery This lyrical dance, derived from a traditional maiden's dance, in characterized by a skimming, graceful quality and an expressive and subtle use of the hands and upper body.
 
Ode Ode
A dance at twilight performed to a poignant rendition of an old Greek song, arranged by the renowned Greek composer, Vangelis, and sung by Irini Pappas.
Modes Modes
A unique exploration of middle eastern dance rhythms and styles. Choreographed by the dancers; they accompany themselves on zills (finger cymbals) aided by a percussion ensemble (meters: Arabic Masmoudi 8/4, Beledi 4/4, Zaar 2/4, Oriental Chifte Telli 8/4, Moroccan 6/8, Turkish Karsilama 9/8).
Another colorful production demonstratingvariegated avenues of expression for Middle Eastern dance:  exotic, playful, mystical and dramatic.Arabesque)
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Photo Credits:
David Lindner - Morocco 
David Licht - Ode, Modes and Le Jardin

CONTACT INFORMATION:
ANAHID SOFIAN STUDIO and COMPANY
29 W. 15TH ST., 6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10011
PHONE:  (212) 741-2848
FAX:  (646) 486-3610
E-MAIL:  sofiana@tiac.net
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