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The Golden Mask of Guran: A magical evening of dance theatre

Anthony Shay's AVAZ International Dance Theatre in association with Iranica Institute in Irvine, California proudly present THE GOLDEN MASK OF GURAN, a magical evening of dance theatre
Two Performances
Saturday, April 16th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 17th, 3:00 PM
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA.
Tickets: $35.00 ( Seniors and Children $20.00 at  door)
Box Office: (213) 680-3700
Music Box: (310)473-3466
University of California, Irvine
Saturday, April 30th, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35.00 ( Seniors and Children $20.00 at  door)
Box Office: (949) 854-4646
Music Box: (310) 473-3466
Artist's Statement
THE GOLDEN MASK OF GURAN follows a dream-like narrative of the Roman slave girl, Azadeh, at the court of the Persian king, Bahram V, and her desire to save the magnificent wild zebras (guran) from the king and his hunters. This story uses elements of historical reality, fairy tale, and myth from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (Epic of the Kings), the epic history of Iran/Persia. The original movement vocabulary is inspired by Iranian classical and folk dance genres and western theatrical dance that has been developed by Jamal, the artistic director of AVAZ, over the past decade. The music is composed by Ahmad Pejman, a master of contemporary Iranian music. Remember, its only a dream.
"Guran is staged with extraordinary visual flair and choreographic savvy."
-Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times
The History
Bahram V, a.k.a. Bahram-e Gur (the wild zebra slayer), who ruled Persia/Iran from 420-438 CE, was the son of Yazdegerd I and a Jewish mother, Shoshandokht. He was a famous king from the Sasanian dynasty (224-650 CE), noted for his bravery and hunting prowess. Several versions of his end occur in Persian literature, the most famous being that he was kicked in the head by a gur (zebra), which had been his intended prey, while another version has him die a natural death. Azadeh was an actual historical person, a Roman.

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