Helene Eriksen

and the

Bay Area ANAR DANA Project 


Dances Under the Crescent Moon

April 20 and 21, 2013

Mission Cultural Center, 
San Francisco

Women's Dance of the Orient

 "Dances Under the Crescent Moon"

a special evening of Women's Dance of the Orient

The Bay Area ANAR DANA Project presents dances spanning three continents, 
in the culmination of a 14-month intensive training project
with internationally-acclaimed dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen.

Helene - Armenian
Featuring dances by the Anar Dana Project from ...

Morocco   (Sheikat dance)
Egypt    (Sama'i - classical Arabic music stylization)
Hungary   (Hungarian Roma folk dance)
Turkey   (Turkish Roman dance)
Armenia   (Armenian women's dance)
Kurdistan   (Kurdish folk dance)
Afghanistan   (Luri dance)


Solos by Helene Eriksen from ...

Iran   (Persian classical dance)
Romania   (Manea)
Turkey   (Misket - spoon dance)
Morocco   (Raks es-Senneya - tray dance)

Two Shows:
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7pm
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2pm

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110
(less than 1 block south of the 24th St. Mission BART station)

Helene Eriksen - Moroccan Sheikat dance

$20 in advance
$25 at the door

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(available until 9am on the day of the show)

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for more information about the show,
please contact Amanda at 408-807-4140
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Helene Eriksen is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.

Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen's Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle. As a dancer she is in demand internationally with performances in Germany, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Norway, the USA, Pakistan, Algeria, Slovenia, and Mexico.

this page last updated April 19, 2013