Welcome to the Pole Palace – Part 2

Enter Cleopatra . . .

Ayana Setareh guest performing as Cleopatra VII


Ayana Setareh (Thanatos) أين  is an Italian-American dual citizen based in London, UK.

Originally from Seattle, WA, USA, and having attended university in both Washington, DC and London, UK, Ayana considers herself ‘an entertainer with a social purpose’. Being exposed to both private and public education from a young age, as well as homeschooling, Ayana attended Howard University, Washington, DC (B.A. Dean’s List, Journalism, Politics).

At Howard, Ayana served as Parliamentarian of the oldest, non-fraternal organisation on campus, and was a contributing writer for The Hilltop and Howard University News Service. She covered the first-ever, Washington, DC State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI, and also conceived, founded and chaired the first-ever, ‘Taste of Howard’ annual event in 2007.  Ayana moved to London in 2009 to pursue an M.A., Financial Economics. She graduated the following year with Commendation overall and a Distinction on her final dissertation (a study on race, migration, and the economic consequences of remittances in pre and post-apartheid South Africa).

More of her work, including her 2008 interview of the President of Students for Barak Obama, as well as her public speaking work can be found below.

Ayana is a full Equity member, an RSA Fellow, and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. She is also a member of Mind and Disability Rights UK. Alongside her career in Philanthropy and Luxury, Ayana works as a Performer and advocates for People with Disabilities across the UK and Europe.

Performing as ‘Thanatos’ (the Angel of Death), Ayana uses her personal performing and prose work to educate others by recreating history on stage. Thanatos was both the Ancient Greek and Biblical Personification of Death, and the New Testament variation of the Hebrew, Malakh Ha-Mashhit or ‘the Destroying Angel.’

With an upbringing heavily influenced by Persian, Indigenous, and African culture and a passion for Ancient History, Ayana sees herself as a modern-day Amytis of Media, Cleopatra VII, or Ankhesenamun. She views the Arts and Movement Therapy as empowerment tools and loves to create work using the Russian Elite and European Classique techniques of Pole Dance and Sport.

She founded the Persepolis Pole Project in 2016 and is currently completing another MA, Jewish Studies at UCL.

You can read more about her here, and view more of her work at:






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