This year the festival recreates the intimacy of a wedding ceremony complete with options to experiences not just the sights and sounds but the tastes of the Silk Road.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at 7 PM, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival features unique Central Asian traditions. The festival will feature live performance, the Silk Road Bazaar by Zamani House of Heritage, a Silk Road Silent Auction of costume pieces from the coveted Silk Road closet, opportunities to dress up in traditional robes and headdresses, and the option of pre-concert Silk Road buffet prepared by master chef, Gairatjan Rozi, Director of Silk Road Uyghur Food Company. A limited number of buffet tickets are available for $40. Concert tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.
Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, who founded Silk Road Dance Company in 1995, developed the concert theme as an alternative to more contemporary trends in the presentation of Central Asian dance which often feature flashing lights and constantly moving back projections. She believes that while such presentations can be new and exciting, they leave little room for more ancient genres. Gray notes that “historic dances were often deeply philosophical and spiritual, but sometimes quite playful. They took place in a confined setting where nuanced gestures and facial expressions were central to performances.” Although dance constantly evolves, Gray believes it needs to stay connected to its origins: “A tree puts out new leaves every spring, but only if the roots are strong. This concert is our modest attempt to nourish the roots of Central Asian culture here in America.”
About Wedding in Bukhara
“Wedding in Bukhara” presents timeless dances and rituals from the hidden world of the ich kari – the women’s quarters – that welcome a new bride into the family. Silk Road Dance Company and guest artists recreate a 19th century, women-only celebration with Uzbek, Tajik, Afghan, Persian, Uighur and Indian performances that reflect the ethnic diversity of Bukhara, an ancient oasis city on the Silk Road. The evening also includes offerings from Bukharan Jewish traditions: dances of the sozanda female entertainers as well as from the distinctive Mavrigi repertoire of Farsi-speaking Jewish refugees from Merv, Turkmenistan. Fabulous Central Asian costumes and tapestries, many of them antique, add to the ambiance of the concert.
WHAT: Silk Road Dance Company’s 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival “Wedding in Bukhara”
WHEN: Saturday, February 17th at 7 pm
WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
COST: Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at door. Limited number of buffet tickets available for $40.