Boise chiropractor and former New York City Ballet soloist Afshin Mofid is back on stage with “ The Scarlet Stone,” a multidisciplinary, collaborative work of dance, theater, music and projected animation by Shahrokh Yadegari, an internationally renowned composer, sound designer, and producer who teaches at the University of California, San Diego.
The performance is based on the story of “Rostam and Sohrab,” an ancient Persian myth, as written by Siavash Kasrai, an exiled political activist. He was inspired by poet Ferdowsi’s epic poem “Shahnameh,” written around 1000 CE. The story is set told in context of contemporary times where and portrays the current struggle of the people of Iran, especially those who seek freedom and democracy.
This international creative collaboration features Iranian performers and artists who live around the globe, including Mofid, who moved to Boise in the 1990s after retiring from dance. He enjoyed a long career in NYCB as a soloist, dancing under George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins.
Mofid operates a chiropractic practice in Boise and works as health support with Ballet Idaho. He’s been treating patients and traveling on the weekends to perform.
Earlier this month they performed “The Scarlet Stone” to a sold out audience at Mandell Weiss Forum at UCSD and at Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. On Aug. 29, they will perform at Royce Hall at University of California, Los Angeles.
The show is a “must see” pick by the L.A. Weekly.