Silk Road Dance Company participated in the first ever Tirgan Festival held in the Metro DC area. The event featured the premiere of the new concert work - JOURNEY THROUGH THE LANDS OF THE SHAHNAMEH. Through dance and spoken narrative, audiences traveled in time to the epic tales depicted in this classic of Persian literature.
Dances of Central Asia and the Caucasus entertained audiences at the annual Celebration of Textiles, held at the new, GWU location of the Textile Museum. Silk Road Dance Company Uzbek ikat dragon also made an appearance, making a big impression on the younger crowd.
JUNE 13, 2015 House of Sweden/ Swedish Embassy Washington DC
Silk Road Dance shared dances of Azerbaijan, drawing a connection between Swedish explorer Sven Hedin and his 1885 visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. This gala event was attended by international guests, including a delegation from Azerbaijan.
March 25, 2015 The Textile Museum George Washington University 701 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052
Reaching beyond Western stereotypes, women's dances of the Islamic world reflect a diversity of styles and purposes. From celebration to courtship or devotion, dance plays a vital role in community identity as well as self-expression. Award-winning dance scholar, choreographer, costume designer, and performer Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray specializes in dances from Silk Road cultures and beyond. Gray teaches world dance at GW and is the founding artistic director of the Silk Road Dance Company. This half-hour lecture, followed by informal discussion, is part of a series led by GW faculty and other experts. A collaboration with the Arts Initiative Committee of GW.
Once again, Silk Road Dance Company opened this gala event with a specially commissioned choreography. A dozen exquisitely costumed dancers brought the joy and promise of Spring to the stage in an opening number choreographed by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray.
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