The Iranian Experience
To preserve culture and dance research for future generations and perform presentations of this heritage
BBC World Service dispatched a team to Sarasota to film Robert de Warren in observance of the 50th Anniversary of the inauguration of Tehran's Opera House Roudaki Hall, in which Robert had been closely involved. YouTube.
Early in Robert's career as a principal dancer, he was forced to stop dancing due to a physical impairment. Dame Ninette de Valois, leader and founder of the Royal Ballet where Robert had spent his formative years, sent him to Tehran at the invitation of the Shah, to bring the National Ballet of Iran up to international standards. A three-year contract became an eleven-year sojourn, as Robert encountered an ancient culture rich in dance, music and ceremonial. His life and outlook on dance changed forever.
A three-session lecture on this experience has had great success at ACE - Suncoast Technical College, Eastern Arts - Salt Lake City, Iranian Performing Arts at San Francisco Ballet's Headquarters and Cambridge Mas. It is now available for future events.
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Preserving the Cultural Treasures of Iran (Persia)
Robert de Warren's eleven year experience (1965-1978) accumulated a plethora of unique artistic, cultural, mystical and ethnic documentation gathered through numerous research expeditions. This collection became the cornerstone of the foundation on which The Iran National Folklore Institute was based. After 1979, most cultural heritage institutions in Iran adapted to the new order.
De Warren continued his life in the Dance World as an Artiastic Director, Choreographer of several European and International Dance Companies as is documented here.
However, he preserves to this day a passion for all Iranian art and is dedicated to its preservation and performance
The Persian diaspora worldwide is sensitive to their ancestral heritage and is eager to celebrate their origins and traditions thus insuring that future generation can be an active part of continued learning and appreciation for its timeless culture.
The Iran National Folklore Institue - Achievements (click to learn more)
The Mahalli Dancers of Iran
The Iranian National Ballet - Gallery