Sashar Zarif on food, fundamentals, and favourites

Sama-e-Rast: Dance of Mugham – an extraordinary international collaboration between
Sashar Zarif and the legendary Alim Qasimov from Azerbaijan

December 21st

George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge St. (north of Sheppard subway)
Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $75, $100 (VIP).
Box Office: 416-250-3708 OR
online at

Dramaturgy & Creative Facilitation: Elizabeth Langley
Lighting: Arun Srinivasan
Costumes: Sashar Zarif

What is your favourite book?  ON IDENTITY by Amin Malouf

Where is your favourite place?  Hmmm, let me see, it is the kind of place that connects to and relates to my core organically, without any extra effort.  SasharSama-e Rast

What do you like to eat on your birthday?  ZERESHKPOLO BA MORGH Here is a link to the recipe:

What music do you enjoy? I like music that is fleeting, like Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Mugham music. Mugham is a universal language, not just a musical practice.  It can connect with the world at its core.

What is your guilty pleasure television show?  Should I say it? Of course! I proudly will announce “Golden Girls,” many, many times over.

What style/technique was your first dance lesson?   My first dance lesson was in Gramma style (a lot like Gangnum style, but without the skinny girls and the gyrating).

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt? For my next life, I would like to be an ergonomist.

What is your work Sama-e-Rast – Dance of Mugham about in five words or less? Human core, A continuum, Centre

 This interview has been edited for content and length.

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