Leïla Bederkhan – Kurdish Moderne Dancer

Leyla Bedirhan (1903-1986) was born in Istanbul. She was the daughter of a kurdish Prince and his Polish wife. She studied ballet in Germany.

Leïla Bederkhan was the name she preferred to use in Europe. She was the . She performed in Europe and the United States with a modern dance program composed of works inspired by Assyrian and Egyptian dance styles. Intending to highlight the historical roots of her choreography, she put on her performances in authentic locations; and she produced a dance exhibition utilizing the Great Sphynx at Giza in Egypt as a background (source). She died in Paris.

 

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Leïla Bederkhan by Madame d’Ora (Dora Kallmus)

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Leïla Bederkhan by Arnold Genthe

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Leïla Bederkhan

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