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ISG: Iranian Student Group Culture Show

ISG: Iranian Student Group Culture Show

“Hoviate Man” (My Identity) was the title of The UCLA Iranian Student Group’s (ISG) Sixth Annual Culture Show. The show was held at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. The show featured a comedic skit interspersed with dance and musical numbers. The skit followed the journey of an Iranian-American youth who wanders the streets of Iran [...]

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase pt. 2

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase pt. 2

The final two videos from the Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase performance.
The rest are here.
“Sayyajna Libnan”
Choreographers: Deema Saad & Amanda Rizkallah
Dancers: Leena Ameripour, Faisal Attrache, Walid Ismail, Elias Massoud, Amanda Rizkallah, Deema Saad Maher Abdel-Sattar
From the program: “Dabke is a traditional Lebanese group dance with historical roots in the villages of Lebanon. It is [...]

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase

Aavaa: Middle Eastern Performance Group Showcase

On Thursday, I went to the 1st Annual Aavaa Show. It was a showcase of Middle Eastern dance and music performances. The program included, live music, traditional Persian, Turkish, Lyrical Sufi and Persian salsa dancing. Below are some of the performances:
(more videos after the jump)

“Tamanna”
Composer: Shahriar Habibaghagi
Musicians: Shahriar Habibaghagi (santoor) and Hooman Tavakoly (tonbak).

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“Fusion Bellydance” [...]