Possessing nearly two decades of experience as a business owner, Afshan Lakha serves as a partner and co-owner of Lakha Investment Company, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm in Bellevue, Washington. Beyond her work with the business, Afshan Lakha supports various charities and organizations in her area, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).
One of the largest ballet companies in the United States, the PNB recently partnered with Pixvana to create a three-minute virtual reality (VR) film called Silent Resonance, directed by Scott Squires, the creative director and CTO of Pixvana, and choreographed by Price Suddarth, a PNB company dancer. Miles Pertl and Emma Love Suddarth, dancers from the PNB, are featured in the film.
After debuting at Point to the Stars, a PNB fundraising event, Silent Resonance is now available on Facebook 360 and YouTube 360. The film is the ballet company’s first VR experience and was designed to help new audiences explore the movement of dance.
Afshan Lakha is a co-founder and principal of Bellevue, Washington-based Lakha Investments Company. Outside of her business endeavors, Afshan Lakha is a patron of the arts and supporter of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).
The Pacific Northwest’s leading center for visual arts, SAM has displayed world-class art from both local and international artists since 1933. In 1994, SAM added the Seattle Asian Art Museum, followed by the Olympic Sculpture Park in 2005. It continues to feature rotating and permanent exhibitions in Downtown Seattle.
One upcoming exhibition will feature Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors, a look at five decades of her use of fully-mirrored rooms in art. Her first mirror room, which will be prominently featured, uses multiple mirrors and piles of painted tubers to create a seemingly endless realm of polka dots. Her more recent work relies more on light, darkness, and sculptural elements, using hanging lights and mirrors to put viewers in a surreal and seemingly endless space.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will run from June 30 through September 10, 2017.
Afshan Lakha maintains a respected presence in the Bellevue, Washington, entrepreneurial sphere and is a longtime supporter of the arts. Among the organizations Afshan Lakha contributes to are the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).
The latter performing arts company plays a vital role in the local area through combining traditional favorites such as The Nutcracker with performances generated through the New Works Initiative. This effort has a core focus on exposing audiences to new choreographies of familiar musical scores, as well as to staging entirely new works.
PNB also facilitates the Second Stage program, which provides dedicated career transition services to veteran dancers wishing to pursue a career beyond dance. Toward this end, program participants receive mentorship and counseling, as well as grants toward further education. Second Stage has been effective in enabling dancers to take on diverse professional roles, including as small business owners and fitness instructors, as well as helping them prepare for careers in law and medicine.