Dances of the Silk Road & Beyond
Laurel Victoria Gray at Speaks US State Department
Laurel Victoria Gray spoke about the commonalities of different Silk Road cultures at the US State Department Navruz/Navruz/Norooz celebration, introducing each dance by Silk Road Dance Company.
Fall 2023! Dean's Seminar at George Washington University
Dance Cultures of the Silk Road
Legacy of the Silk Road Concert
February 26, 2023
A dance concert by inspired by Laurel Victoria Gray’s forthcoming book “Legacy of the Silk Road,” evoking the history and enchantment of Central Asia and beyond. The dance of an ancient Persian fertility goddess, the Sogdian whirling dance that captivated Chinese poets, and a court dance for the Emir of Bukhara – these are some of the intriguing pieces that will take the audience on a time-traveling journey through the diverse cultural history of the Silk Road.
The Goddess Anahita, Lady of Waters, depicted ancient Central Asia.
"Milestones in Dance History"
"... ten chosen milestones move chronologically from the earliest indigenous rituals and the dance crazes of Eastern trade routes, to the social justice performance and evolving online platforms of modern times."
Recent Conference Presentations
Middle Eastern North African and Central Asian Dance Symposium
April 13 - 16, 2023 Pomona College
EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE 2022
Silk Road Dance Company adds flavor to the Embassy Chef Challenge with women's dances from Azerbaijan. Event held at the Smithsonian
American Art Museum. For information and tickets click below:
"We in the Washington area are lucky to have the Silk Road Dance company bring us a living version of the Shahnameh. I'm so glad that more people can know of this masterpiece of Persian literature that is over 1,000 years old. And the emphasis that Laurel Victoria Gray, puts on the authenticity of the choreography and the costumes really shines through the performance. There's really nothing like it in the country!"
Lecture for the Virtual 43rd Fulbright Association Conference
Exploring Persian Nowruz Traditions
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