Robyn Friend, Ph.D

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Robyn Friend, Ph.D

Dr. Friend is the director of the Institute of Persian Performing Arts, based in Los Angeles. She earned a Ph.D. in Iranian languages and cultures from University of California in Los Angeles, has published several books and many articles on a variety of subjects, and is a sought-after performer and teacher (especially amongst the Iranian diaspora community). Her formal studies have been supplemented by years of study “at the feet of a master”: the late Iranian music master and author Ostad Morteza Varzi, and dance studies with the late Leona Wood, People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Viloyat Akilova, and others. She has performed in venues ranging from the Edinburgh Festival to the ”Eastern Songs” music Festival in Samarqand, Uzbekistan, and appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama. She tends her garden at her home southwest of Los Angeles.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Robyn Friend, Ph.D

  • Dancing on the Roof of the World, Community Festival in Tajikistan
    After all my many travels to Tajikistan, filled with the frantic bustle of dance lessons, rehearsals, teaching, doing trip logistics, hunting for traditional bits and bobs for costuming, and getting fitted for stage costumes, I finally decided to try being a more-or-less normal tourist in one of my favorite places on Earth, the Pamir mountains of Badakhshan, eastern Tajikistan.
  • Tajikistan: The Land of Dance, Part One
    Video features: #1-Introduction by author, #2- A Map Tour on an ancient and modern map. " Communication with the outside world is difficult and expensive, and nearly impossible during the winter."
  • Tajikistan Part II: Land of Dance
    After a performance of daf soz (songs with frame drum accompaniment), the musicians played maddoh, followed by raqs-i aspak (“horse dance”), in which a man dances wearing a costume which makes it look like he is riding a horse.