Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre creates work deeply rooted in the historical and cultural memories of many peoples. The company’s repertoire, often driven by narrative storytelling, aims to highlight the essence of what it means to be human while shedding a light on the darker aspects of humanity. It continues to build a unique, multi-disciplinary body of work connected to traditional art forms and cultures but offers it through the lens of a new and contemporary perspective. The company’s work is based on a foundation of research, education and creation. These three fundamentals enable me to discover and restore centuries-old work and present it to today’s audiences from a 21st century perspective. The company is a platform for artistic director Sashar Zarif’s work and his aim is to create work that touches audiences with a plural understanding and consciousness that is not “lost in translation.”
Sashar Zarif explores contemporary and Dance of Mugham choreographic styles.
Hado 2016 Dance Ontario Weekend in Toronto
Oyan! 2015 Collaboration with Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, world premiere presented by Aga Khan Museum
Moving Memories 2015 Self Presented, Small World Music Centre
Inner Monologue 2014/2015 Dance Ontario Weekend 2015 in Toronto, International Touring
And Now (23 min) 2013 North Africa and Central Asia Tour, including old town centres, bazaars, monuments
Sama-e Rast (55 min) 2012 Self Presented with Alim Qasimov and Ensemble, Toronto Centre for the Arts
Sindirma (13 min) 2012 Dance Ontario Dance Weekend 2012, Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto.
Lezginka (10 min) 2011 Presented by Uzbekistan State Tashkent Choreographic Institute in Uzbekistan
Shanlik (10 min) 2011 Presented by Bukhara State Philharmonic in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Chabok Sanam (7 min) 2011 Presented by Bukhara State Philharmonic in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Arshin Mal Alan (30 min) 2011 Presented by Azerbaijan Embassy’s Al Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Ala (14min) 2011 Presented by Uzbekistan State Tashkent Choreographic Institute in Uzbekistan
Solos of my life (55 minutes) 2011 Presented by Danceworks at the Enwave Theatre
Water (70 min) 2010 Self Presented at Theatre Centre
Choreographies of Migration (60 minutes ) 2008 Presented by Danceworks at the Enwave Theatre
Saghi (60 minutes) 2007 a Danceworks Co-works, presented at the Betty Oliphant Theatre.
Circles of Dance (30 minutes) 2006 – 68 dancers, 6 different traditional dance groups in Toronto, world’s biggest circle dance project for World Dance Global Assembly 2006 Official Opening, Toronto
Bojnordi (15 minutes) 2006 – 20 dancers , a Persian choreography, Meykhaneh, Roxy NoD, Prague
Navayi (20 minutes) 2006 – 18 dancers, Sufi choreography in Tadjik, Meykhaneh, Roxy NoD, Prague
Wait (10 minutes) – 2006 – a choreography for York University Dance Ensemble, York University, Sandra Faire/Ivan Fecan Theatre
In the Letters of My Name (18min) 2005 – Solo, collaboration with Holly Small, performed in over 12 countries and 19 venues including Toronto.
Qizil Alma (10min) 2005, 5 dancers, Based on Uzbek Dance Style, Harbourfront Centre, Sandra Faire/Ivan Fecan Theatre
Unity Dance (25 minutes) 2006 – 97 dancers, 9 Toronto based Traditional Dance Companies including African, Philippino, Greek, Azerbaijani, Latin American, Irish, Korean, Indian, Ukrainian. GOLDLINE Communication Gala, Paramount Hall, Toronto
Saghi (45min) 2005 – 7 dancers with original live music scores – part of Persian Classical Dance construction project, premiered in Frankfort performed at Tanzhuse in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, and York University Fine Arts Festival Celebrates State-of-the-Art Accolade Project with Dance, The Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre
Circle of Sufi (10 min) 2005 – 3 dancers, Persian classical dance, Choreographed for York University Dance Ensemble.
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