Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Banafsheh Sayad: The daughter of the legendary Iranian filmmaker, theater director and actor, Parviz Sayyad, Banafsheh is a recipient of the prestigious James Irvine Foundation grant in Dance. She holds an MFA in Dance from UCLA where she taught Mystical Persian dance. She has studied with some of the great masters in dance and choreography including Antonia Rojos, Victoria Marks, David Rousseve and Donna Uchizono. Also an acupuncturist, Banafsheh draws from her knowledge of Persian mysticism and the Taoist view of the internal functioning of the body to discover movement that is at once healing, self-illuminating and connected to spirit. Banafsheh's work has been presented extensively in festivals and by presenters in North America, Europe and Australia where she has gained tremendous audience and critical acclaim.