Attending the NDA 2015 Recital entitled “Unity” was a stunning experience, with flowing costumes and music that brings to life the joy, history, and culture of the Persian community. Moving from quiet pieces that are fluid and graceful, to others that command your hands and feet to join in, the music is representative of not only locations, but the pulse of a culture that in many instances is misunderstood.. The music of the Middle East is stark compared to it’s western contemporaries, but it is within this simplicity that one truly finds a serenity that is usually muddled by overdriven samples, and layered compositions of today’s popular music.
The costumes that the dancers employ range from subtle hues, to intricate and brilliant designs that move effortlessly. The dancers themselves exhibit a dedication not only to their craft, but to the culture and people they represent. Their exuberant performances are a real treat both visually, and in their storytelling prowess.
Using stage light and imagery to set each mood, the dancers exhibit the joy, the pain, the humor, and the vitality of a culture that truly values family, friends, companionship and love. Throughout the show, I was constantly reminded that regardless of your particular identity, we are all brought together, interlacing cultures through music and dance, and with it a true Unity as a people on this planet.