Lecture by Melieka Fathi
Founder & Artistic Director of the Melieka Fathi Dance Company based in Los Angeles.
A personal reflection about Iranian dance through a diasporic lens by Melieka Fathi. This intimate discussion will include artistic insights about the genres of Iranian dance, music, and choreographic practices used in the Iranian dance scene today.
Melieka Fathi is a choreographer, instructor, and performer of Classical Iranian dances. Her unique style is defined as a blend of historic roots and diasporic inspirations. As the daughter of Iranian immigrants, her passion for dance was paved through a sacred connection to Iranian arts, and by the exploration of her identity as an Iranian-American woman. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Melieka Fathi Dance Company based in Los Angeles, California, and has worked with world-renowned artists and organizations in an effort to preserve and expand upon Iranian arts within diaspora communities.
The Iranian Music Lecture Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology, and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, with additional support from the Dean of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.