The Pomona College Dance Department presents “Staging Choreophobia,” a choreographed play based on Pomona College Professor of Theatre and Dance Anthony Shay’s first book Choreophobia: Solo Improvised Dance in the Iranian World. Shay is a dancer and choreographer specializing in dances from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. In his 50 years of work he has created more than 200 choreographies.

In his research of Iranian folk dance, Shay coined the term “choreophobia” to characterize the widespread ambiguous and negative reactions that Iranians hold over their own indigenous solo improvised dance tradition, the most popular dance form in the Iranian world. 

Award-winning choreographer Jamal, artistic director of the Avaz International Dance Theatre, wrote the play which will bring Shay’s book to life featuring artists Roxana Rastegar and Shabnam Dabiri-Far, with Robyn Friend, Joy Ann Martin, Karen Ochoa, Lori Parker, Neil Seigal and Mehrdad Arabi-fard. The musical score is by Ahmad Pejman.

“Staging Choreophobia” will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 at Pomona College’s Pendleton Dance Center Upper Studio, located at 210 E. 2ndSt., Claremont, CA. Admission to this event is free. 

Free parking is available on College Avenue and all adjacent streets, as well as in the underground parking structure off of 1st Street (about 100 yards east of the Pendleton Dance Center).

Funding for this project was provided by the Holmes Fund and the Sontag Fund of Pomona College.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019 2:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Pendleton Dance Center
  • Room: Upper Studio
  • 210 E. 2nd Street
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
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Claremont Colleges Community