Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre

Founded in 1993, SZDT is a professional Toronto based dance company with both traditional and contemporary works. SZDT produces an annual performance series, tours internationally and offers residencies, lecture-demonstrations, and classes in Near Eastern and Central Asian dance character, technique and choreography. The company also undertakes school holiday workshops, public seasons, feature performances for special events and community dance development activities. Based on its eclectic repertoire, the company has enjoyed intensive touring across the Near East, Europe and North America for the past four years.

“My creation is a hint in the process of embracing the unity of mind, body, emotion, and spiritual being. Working in the tradition of dance, my work has been an attempt to share with others the ideas, experiences, and emotions I have witnessed within my own cultural identity and history.”
Sashar Zarif