Persian Epic Dance

“Sohrab and Gordafarid” is inspired by the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), a masterly rendition of Iran’s national history in verse by Ferdowsi. Sohrab is born of a night of love between the great Persian hero Rostam and Princess Tahmineh, the daughter of the king of Samangan. Seeking his father, Sohrab goes to Persia. Although still young, he already has the reputation of a great hero, bringing terror to the hearts of his adversaries, who attempt to prevent him from arriving at his destination. Gordafarid, a young warrior maiden, disguised in the armor of a man, challenges Sohrab. During the battle, Sohrab uses his lance to throw Goradafarid’s helmet to the ground. Her courage and patriotism impress Sohrab and touch his heart.