Ayana Setareh (Thanatos) أين is an African-American, Italian dual citizen and entertainer based in London, UK. Thanatos (the Angel of Death) is the Biblical personification of Death, and the Ancient Greek variation of the Hebrew, Malakh Ha-Mashhit, or 'the Destroying Angel.'
Born Ayana J Patton, in Seattle, WA, and educated at Ingraham and Rainier Beach High Schools, as well as Howard University, Washington, DC (B.A. Dean's List, Journalism & Politics), Ayana sees herself as an entertainer with a social purpose.
Ayana moved to London in 2009 to pursue an M.A., Financial Economics. She graduated the following year with Merit overall and Distinction on her final dissertation (a study on economic growth in South Africa, before and after Apartheid).
As a Full Equity Member, an RSA Fellow, and a Full Member of the UK Institute of Fundraising, Ayana uses performing as a tool to educate others in relevant social issues affecting women and girls globally. She loves to recreate history, on stage, and perform traditional artistic work in a unique and innovative way.
Hailing from a family with an extensive background in government, military, and law, Ayana understands the intrinsic value of entertainment in today's society, as well as the need for more sophisticated entertainers.
In 2018, she left a successful career in Philanthropy, due to disability, and has been performing and advocating for Pole Dance as an Art form across the US and Europe ever since.
With an upbringing heavily influenced by Persian and Native American culture, and a life-long interest in politics, Ayana sees herself as a modern-day, Amytis of Media.
Ayana views Pole Dance as an empowerment tool, which helps her heal from her disability and explore the divine feminine, whilst staying true to moral, Southern Christian values. She loves to experiment with the Russian Elite and European Classique techniques of Pole Dance & Sport and founded the Persepolis Pole Project in 2016.
Welcome to my Dressing Room :)
Below you'll find a selection of completely Selfie-less, behind-the-scenes flicks from some of my most intimate moments within the pole community, fashion industry, and so on.
I hope you let these capture you the same way you've let me. :)