Forbidden Sun Dance
After the 1979 revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, along with other restricted areas of art, dancing was also banned. Many of the artists, who had helped shape the revolution, resisted the censorship and rules of the Islamic regime and were executed, put in prison or were forced into exile. Aram Bayat is one of those artists. She is an Iranian choreographer in exile who has kept Persian folk dancing alive for the last two decades. She established the Ms. Sun Dance foundation in Montreal in 1988. The sun is a female symbol in Persian culture.