With 25 years of professional dance experience in over 35 countries around the globe, researching, educating, creat- ing, performing, and producing dance, Iranian-Canadian Sashar Zarif has extensive experience in practice in acade mic, community, and rural environments. His research interests are identity, memory, globalization, and cross-cultural collaborations. His artistic practice invites a convergence of creative and cultural perspectives. His teaching practice is steeped in the artistry and history of traditional, ritualistic, and contemporary dance and music of the Near Eastern and Central Asian regions and Islamic communities. For over twenty years Zarif has worked tirelessly to maintain the integrity of these fine arts by operating within three interdependent faculties of research, creation and education. Sashar Zarif is a recipient of the 2006 Toronto International Dance Festival’s Paula Citron Award and was awarded a Chalmers fellowship grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2010. He was named the 2008 recipient of the Skills for Change New Pioneer Award for the Arts and named an Artistic Ambassador for Multiculturalism and Diversity.
In 2012, Sashar Zarif was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015 Sashar Zarif was Awarded the pres- tigious Chalmers Fellowship from Ontario Arts Council for the second time. In 2017 Sashar Zarif contributed chapter (Carrying My Grandmother’s Drum: Dancing the Home Within) to a book called Performing Exile edited by Judith Rudakoff and published by Intellect and Chicago Press was nominated for the Canadian Association for Theatre Re- search’s Richard Plant Award.
Performance date: Sunday August 19 – 3:00pm
Location: Trillium Park