Namah Ensemble

Dance, Theater, Music


NAMAH is a non-profit performing arts company that presents¬† Iranian and world dance, music and theater through public performances and educational and community outreach programs that aim to foster an understanding of Iran’s sociopolitical and cultural heritage, alongside other societies that have grappled with significant sociopolitical turbulence, with the goal of promoting critical thinking and awareness.¬†

In the pre-Sanskrit language of Avesta, NAMAH means reverence and greeting. Banafsheh and dancer, Irene Masharo established NAMAH with the aim to express the ancient within the contemporary, and the sacred within dance, theater and music.
Since 1994, under Artistic Director, Banafsheh Sayyad, NAMAH has created an exciting body of work built on innovative movement vocabulary, rigorous dance technique and the powerful exploration of ancient mysticism. NAMAH has toured annually throughout North America, Europe and Australia since 2000.
NAMAH has performed at prestigious venues and international festivals.

NAMAH has performed at prestigious venues and
international festivals.

The Cherished Friends and Supporters of NAMAH include:

James Irvine Foundation
LA County Arts Commission
Florida Arts Council
State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs
Norwegian Arts Council
Entertaining and revolutionary, both!
– Vancouver Sun

The perfect way to open the ritual aspects of Persian culture to a wider audience while preserving the sense of participating in something sacred.

– LA Weekly