“To live successfully in a cosmopolitan society,  we must develop skills to see another’s culture as our own.”  — Ahmad Sadri, creator, folklorist


Pauchi Sasaki/Composer
Nomi Sasaki/Co-direction, Script, Art Design, and Chinese Black Ink Animation
Juan Carlos Yanaura/Co-direction, Animation, and Post Production
Omar Lavalle/3D Scanning and Sculpture Design


Snow in June: Dou E

Zhao Lin/Composer


Arjuna’s Revelation

Colin Jacobsen/Composer
Aparna Ramaswamy/Choreographer


Moderato 400

Jason Moran/Composer


Siavosh in Touran: Farewell to his Wife and Horse

Kayhan Kalhor/Composer
Hamid Rahmanian/Designer and Director
Qmars Kamali/Animation
Syd Fini/Illustrator
Mohsen Ebadi/Calligrapher

Heroes Take Their Stands was commissioned by Silkroad in honor of founding board members Milo Beach, Merton Flemings, Judy Goldberg, Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, Jill Hornor, Ted Levin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anne Peretz, in partnership with UCSB Arts & Lectures, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Heroes Take Their Stands was developed in residence at The Juilliard School and Moody Center for the Arts — Rice University. Silkroad is grateful for their hospitality and support.

Heroes Take Their Stands is funded in part by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and individual donors.

Special thanks to Shure for donating in-ear monitors.