Namah Ensemble

NAMAH in the pre-sanskrit language of Avesta means reverence and greeting. Since 1994, the non-profit company has created an exciting body of work, igniting rigorous dance technique with powerful, ancient mysticism. Led by dancer/choreographer Banafsheh, NAMAH has toured annually throughout North America and Europe since the year 2000, and recently performed in Australia and New Zealand. The Company has become internationally known for its innovative movement vocabulary and high artistic and educational standards.

Banafsheh and Irene Masharo established NAMAH with the aim to express the ancient within the contemporary and to express the sacred within dance — finding a language that would communicate the Persian mystical tradition universally to all regardless of cultural background.

For several years, NAMAH has been presented by major festivals and world dance presenters in the US and Europe, performing in spaces ranging from prestigious concert halls like the San Jose Performing Arts Center; Eisemann Center in Dallas, Texas; the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England; Mercat de Les Flors in Barcelona, Spain; and the Chan Centre in Vancouver, B.C. to experimental theaters like the Dance Center of Columbia College, Cambridge Multicultural Center in Boston; the Redcat Theater and Highways Performance Space dedicated to presenting contemporary cutting edge work in Los Angeles. NAMAH has also been presented twice at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


The specific purpose of the non-profit company, NAMAH is to promote and educate the broadest possible public appreciation and interest in Iranian and world performing arts, including dance, music and theater, through public performances, educational outreach programs, workshops, lectures and studio instruction.

NAMAH Cherished Friends and Supporters include:

  • James Irvine Foundation
  • LA County Arts Commission
  • Florida Arts Council
  • State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs
  • Norwegian Arts Council
  • Boeing

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