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Aftab Dance Group: In the Spring 2019 we performed in several Persian New Year events in the New England area (including the annual Persian Parade in NYC)! As we usually take a break over the summer and then start up again in the Fall, we then performed in Winter of 2019 at two local "Shabe Yalda" (Winter Solstice) events with new choreography. We had fully prepared for a Spring performance season with brand new choreography for 2020, but unfortunately the pandemic started right as Persian New Year events were kicking off (March) and all our remaining shows were canceled. We proceeded to take some time off and just filmed some videos outdoors until Fall 2021, but we are now excited to get back into rehearsing and performing!
N: You have challenged yourselves to take on many different forms of Persian dance over the years. What is the thing that unifies all the forms? What draws you to one form over another?
ADG: Over the history of the group we have taken on many different styles of Persian dance (Bandari, Baba Karam, Azeri to name a few), but we typically perform a fusion of modern and traditional styles as this is our strength and our audiences enjoy it. If a dancer joins the group with experience in a specific style or expresses interest in trying something new we explore ways to incorporate it into our routines!
ADG: We hope to expand our audiences to the greater dance community in Boston this year! This year our biggest challenge, like many others, is to create new pieces that are stage-ready while navigating the ever-changing landscape of what "performance" season looks like.
Aftab has long had a presence in the Persian community in Boston, but we have not had as much exposure to the larger dance community in the city. We are excited to continue branching out and to share our culture and choreography with everyone. We hope everyone enjoys all the work we put into our costumes and performances.