A theater arts brigadier and an intercultural dancer combining traditional Middle Eastern and contemporary dance, Djahari weaves story and movement to create sensational theater meant to inspire, heal, and transform. With a predilection for blurring the lines between the beautiful and grotesque, she seeks the invisible thread that connects us all.
At an early age, Djahari studied at Will Geer Theater’s Academy of the Classics (’86 – ’91), led by a repertory of renowned theater professionals specializing in techniques of Voice, Movement, and Text. She earned her BA in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA in 1996, and enhanced her theater endeavors with continuous training in various dance mediums, with an emphasis in Contemporary, and Middle Eastern Dance. She studied with Iranian ballet choreographer, Abdollah Nazemi, and was a principle dancer in his Pars National Ballet Company for 10 years.
In 1999, Djahari founded Desert Sin as a means of merging her love of theater and dance with an “outside the box” approach. An experimental Middle Eastern Dance company that combined social commentary, intricate story telling, puppetry, and more, Desert Sin made a name for itself around the world.
Djahari has created original full-length productions in both Los Angeles and Off-Broadway New York, including "Musée des Femmes”, “Sita’s Fire”, “Twitchers”, “Sex and Taboo”, “Winter in the Woods”, and “Cloud Cuckooland”. In 2014, she completed two different Work-In-Progress Performance Residencies at NYC's Dixon Place. More to come...
In between productions and experimental workshops, Djahari can be found dancing through the forests of upstate New York, or collaborating with awesome artists around the world.