In Search of Simorgh

In 2010 Ziba took part in ‘In Search of Simorgh’, an innovative theatrical dance adaptation based on the 12th century epic poem by Farid ud-Din Attar, ‘The Conference of the Birds’. It was held at the Logan Hall Theatre in London on behalf of the Iran’s Children Charity and featured contemporary dance by performers from the Laban School, narration, and Persian dance performed by Ziba. The musicians were Malik Tebrizli and Will Smith (percussion), Imamyar Hasanov (kamancheh), Rufat Hasanov (tar) and Hamidreza Rast (santoor) who played a variety of Iranian and Azerbaijani pieces. Ziba performed two Persian dance solos, one of which can be viewed on Vimeo, and danced with the Laban dancers during the main body of the show. The result was an exciting and wholly successful fusion of Persian and contemporary dance in one performance space. The contemporary dance choreography was devised by Zinzi Minott and the dancers were Joel Rose, Fayola Dawes, Masako Matsushito, Elisa Vassena and Cornelia Voglmeyer. The show was a huge success and raised around £10,000 for the charity.