Producer, Director, Choreographer, Storyteller
Maker of dreams.
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 am not afraid of leaping into the unknown, exposing vulnerabilities, or confronting frightening emotions. This allows me to create from a place of truth within myself, functioning both as a personal catharsis, as well as a tool to challenge my audience to look into their own inner life.
A theater arts specialist and an intercultural dancer combining traditional Middle Eastern and Contemporary dance, Djahari weaves story and movement to create sensational theater. With a predilection for blurring the lines between the beautiful and grotesque, she seeks the invisible thread that connects us all. She has traveled the world as an instructor and performer.
Djahari studied at Will Geer Theater’s Academy of the Classics, led by a repertory of renowned theater professionals specializing in techniques of Voice, Movement, and Text, and earned her BA in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA. She enhanced her theater work with continuous training in various dance genres. She studied with Iranian ballet choreographer, Abdollah Nazemi, and was a principle dancer in 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 for over 20 years.
Djahari has created productions in both Los Angeles and New York, in such venues as Hollywood's Historic Ivar Theater, off-Broadway's Zipper Factory Theater, Dixon Place, Galapagos, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and House of Yes. Original productions include "Musée des Femmes”, “Sita’s Fire”, “Twitchers”, “Sex and Taboo”, “Winter in the Woods”, and “Cloud Cuckooland”. She has received research and performance residencies at Dixon Place in New York, as well as Legs on the Wall and Critical Path in Sydney, Australia.
On occasion she can be lured out of isolation to teach one or more of her experimental workshops built around her exploratory practice of movement therapy and story creation.
Djahari is co-producer and choreographer for the immersive annual event Mountain Madness in the Western Catskills and is currently developing her latest venture, The Gloaming Project. In between productions and workshops, Djahari can be found dancing through the forests of upstate New York, and collaborating with awesome artists.