B i o g r a p h y
Sensational storytelling. Artistic Director. Collaborator. Choreographer. Wanderer.
My entire life I have been imagining other worlds. Invariably my work perceives a struggle against boundaries, real and imagined. There is often darkness - I hope to laugh in it.
I've been doing this for awhile now.
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A theater arts brigadier and an intercultural dancer combining Middle Eastern and Contemporary dance, Djahari weaves the aesthetics of the beautiful and grotesque to create sensational theater. With a predilection for finding the human element in folkloric characters, she often begins by delving into the traditions of ancient cultures to pull out the invisible thread that connects us all. She creates stories through emotional immersion, and experimental movement meant to inspire, heal, and transform.
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 renowned Iranian ballet choreographer, Abdollah Nazemi, and was a principle dancer for 10 years in his Pars National Ballet Company.
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”, “The Ballad Tree” (WIP), 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, she is either wandering through the forests of upstate New York, or collaborating with awesome artists around the world.