All of the video clips on this page are copyright (c) by Robyn Friend.

Improvised mid-20th-century Persian dance. Dancer: Robyn Friend. Recorded in 2018. Video recorded and edited by Robert Payne.

Improvised Qajar-era Persian dance. Song: Az delam bi khabari. Dancer: Robyn Friend. Musical recording commissioned by Robyn Friend. Music recorded in 2012. Video recorded and edited by Robert Payne.

Improvised Qajar-era Persian dance, by Robyn Friend. Performed in 2018. Danced to a medley of pieces in the musical mode "dashti".

The musical performance is from a live recording (for Robyn's dancing) at a concert in Bath, England in 2008, by the tar player Neil Siegel and the tonbak player Hamid Ghanbari. Video recorded and edited by Robert Payne.

Improvised qajar-era Persian dance, by Robyn Friend. Performed in 2018. Danced to the song "beheshte agar khahi". Musical recording commissioned by Robyn Friend. Music recorded in 2012. Video recorded and edited by Robert Payne.

Uzbek dance from the Ferghana valley: Otomagay Tong. Dancer: Robyn Friend.

Robyn and Mamak Khadem in Tajikistan

 

 

Robyn with Mamak Khadem. Farhang Foundation Now Rooz 2016 celebration, Los Angeles County Bing Theater.

Improvised dance from the mountains of Tajikistan, Badakhshan province. With Mamak Khadem. Recorded in both Los Angeles and Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Dances from Bojnurd, Iran, in the province of Khorrassan.

Reng-e Atesh -- Fire Dance. Dancer: Kismet. Violin: Bijan Mortezavi.

Turkish folk dance "karshilama". Dancer: Marguerite Kusuhara. Music by John Bilezikjian.

Persian Classical Dance. Dancer: Robyn Friend. Music by Neil Siegel (târ) and Siamak Pouian (tonbak).

Persian Classical Dance at a party (not in a costume). Now Rooz 2018. Dancer: Robyn Friend. Violin: Ali Tajvidi.

Persian Classical Dance at a party (not in a costume). Now Rooz 2018. Dancer: Robyn Friend. Music by Neil Siegel (târ) and Hamid Ghanfary (tonbak).

Bazm -- suite of Qajar-era Persian dances. Choreographed by Robyn Friend. Performed by the Aman Folk Ensemble, as a part of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival.

Persian dance weekend workshop, Bristol, England -- 2017

Improvised dance "in a small space" -- 2020. Video by Neil Siegel.

Shodiyona -- Dance from Bokhara, Uzbekistan -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Lazgi -- Dance from Khorezm, Uzbekistan -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Munajot -- A story-telling dance from Uzbekistan -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Qassemabadi -- Traditional dance from northern Iran -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Medley of dances from Armenia -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Bojnurdi -- A medley of traditional dances from Khorassan in north-eastern Iran -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Otmagay Tong -- Dance from Uzbekistan -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Kulobi -- Dance from Tajikistan -- 2008. Video by Pepe Lobo.

Persian songs and dances in the musical mode dashti -- The Los Angeles Dance Kaleidoscope Festival, 1992

2 improvised dances from Layla and Majnun -- 1998

Bazm -- A re-enactment of a traditional women's evening party -- Los Angeles Olympics Arts Festival -- 1984

Musicians: Morteza Varzi (kemenche); Neil Siegel (tar); Margaret Caton (santour); Ali Tavalali (tonbak)

 

Persian performance in musical mode segah -- the song Kolah Makhmali, and a Qajar-style improvised dance -- 1997

Musicians: Neil Siegel (tar) and Siamak Pouian (tonbak)

A suite of traditional dances of the Qashqai people of Fars Province, Iran -- Royce Hall, UCLA, 1989

Robyn Friend -- Célula Universo -- "Dance with a mirror", 8-2020. Video by Neil Siegel.