Tirgan Nowruz Festival

Bird Dance

Happening in the Lyric Theatre

Creating a genre all her own, Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Farnaz Ohadi, weaves the soft lyricism of Persian poetry with the intoxicating rhythms of Flamenco and Latin percussion in her latest album and touring concert ‘Bird Dance’. Performing what has become known as Persian-Flamenco, Farnaz is accompanied 

by the Eastern-inspired Mashregh Ensemble, comprised of world renowned musicians on Flamenco guitar, santur, cajon, bass, and flamenco dance.

The title number, “Bird Dance” conveys the repression of women artists in Iran and features lyrics that build on the metaphor of the caged bird yearning to sing. From here, she takes the audience through a journey of spiritual conflict and resolution, unimaginable revelations of relocating to a foreign land, the hope needed to move forward, and the joy in building a new life while looking back with pride. She sings with defiance and passion as she declares her love for her cultural roots and her intentions dignify it in the only way she knows how: through music.


Duration: 60 Min

Latecomers may not be admitted
Not recommended for children under 8


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