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Twilight of the Empress

An Interactive Day of Workshops

Process your experience

of Twilight of the Empress with \an afternoon of dance, music, sound meditation and artmaking.

Sacred Dance with Banafsheh Sayyad
Persian Classical Music with Fared Shafinury
Visual Art with Sheila Karbassian
Sound Meditation with Shila Ommi


Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 1 to 5 pm

Arrival: 12:30 pm / Start time: 1 pm


Topanga Community Center

1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290

*Open only to those who attend The Twilight of the Empress performance on May 15

Suggested Donation: $25

Banafsheh Sayyad

Iranian sacred dancer, choreographer, teacher, activist, and founder of Dance of Oneness®, Banafsheh Sayyad performs and teaches her award-winning work internationally, initiating people into the wisdom of their bodies. With a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from UCLA and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, she is dedicated to individual and collective healing through conscious dance and movement. Read more about Banafsheh.

Fared Shafinury

Fared Shafinury is a renowned contemporary Iranian-American artist, singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, setâr virtuoso, and educator. Starting his music career at the age of 11, he studied Radif music with master musicians, Ostad Shoari, Ostad Zolghadr and Ostad Lotfi. He first gained global recognition for innovation and authenticity in 2010 with the release of his album, Behind the Seas. Fared is the director of the Radif Retreat Institute of Classical Persian music, an online school and database for music theory. Read more about Fared.

Shila Ommi

Shila Vosough Ommi is an Iranian born actor/director. She plays leading roles on Apple TV’s Tehran, Netflix’ KAOS, and Disney/Pixar’s Oscar nominated feature, Elemental. She has directed and produced award winning plays in Los Angeles, and toured internationally for over a decade performing plays for Iranians in exile. Shila directed the feature film, Wake up Sleeping Beauty, produced by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in association with Cross Cultural Expressions. Read more about Shila.

Sheila Karbassian

Sheila Karbassian is an American-born artist whose Iranian background greatly informs her work. Her expressive and diverse style reflects her personal life experiences: being a woman, a mother, a survivor of loss, a survivor of war, an Iranian, an American, traditional, modern, a Californian, and an artist. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Tehran’s Azad University and a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Sheila practices art and art therapy in Santa Monica, CA. Learn more about Sheila.

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