4/20/2007

Dancing On The Street

This is the first day of the National Dance Week (April 20th-27th). My friend, Aileen, who is a dancer, participated in an improvised dance performance with several other dancers on a street corner in downtown Berkeley this afternoon. It didn't last very long, but it pulled a good crowd, and everyone was eager for the performance, as it took everyone's minds away from what a sad week this has been. I consider myself lucky for having talented artist friends all over the world. Aileen and I used to work together some years ago, and got reunited again in a new office over the past year. She is beautiful inside and out. She is the first one from left in the bottom picture. Another interesting day in Berkeley.

3 comments:

serendip said...

How lovely!

Nazy said...

Yes, Serendip, it is lovely. It was a good reminder that life does go on, and though as humans, our souls crack and break sometimes in the face of adversities, cruelties, and senseless acts of violence, it is still possible to pick up the pieces, make ourselves whole again, and go on; well, there simply is no other alternative, the way I see it. Aileen is one of my four Korean co-workers who had to face the same tragedy that we had to see and understand this past week, but with the added angle of their thoughts and reflections about their identity, origin, and pride as South Koreans.

Fariba said...

Nazy Joonam:

The day that dawn on you has barely set on us. Only 12 hours of time difference, a few thousand kilometers of distance, and two entirely different worlds.

As usual, now that summer is on it’s way, authorities in Iran have started persecuting women for the way they dress, and where you live, people can dance in streets and no one would bother them.

My 17 year old son came home late last night. His eyes were reddened by tears. He said he had been arrested by the police, just because he is a young boy. They catch every young boy and check their military service status these days. They also arrest them if their clothes or hair style are inappropriate.

Attached is a small piece of video footage. One of our presidents pre election interviews. Politicians around the globe tell lies before elections, but he has set a record in this area.

Good luck with your article

Love,
Fariba