PROFILE

Biography

Ayana Setareh (Thanatos) أين is an African-American, Italian dual citizen & entertainer based in London, UK. Performing as 'Thanatos' (the Angel of Death), Ayana uses pole dance & prose as a tool to educate others & recreate history in theatrical form. She loves to incorporate the use of pole dance to bring to life ancient history & literary concepts & translate them onto the stage. Thanatos is both the Ancient Greek & Biblical personification of death & the Ancient Greek variation of the Hebrew, Malakh Ha-Mashhit, or 'the Destroying Angel.'

Born, Ayana Joy Patton, in Seattle, WA & raised in Monroe, WA, Ayana considers herself to be an entertainer with a social purpose. Being exposed to both private & public school education from a young age (as well as homeschooling), Ayana attended Visitation Catholic STEM Academy & Meany Middle Schools. She later went on to attend Ingraham & Rainier Beach High Schools, where she was Senior Class President, a Varsity Cheerleader, a Dance & African Drum Ensemble Team Member, & participated in Running Start. She graduated from High School in 2004, & despite all her very serious personal struggles, went on to attend the illustrious, Black Elite, Howard University (c/o 2008, B.A., Dean's List, Journalism & Political Science).

At Howard, Ayana was extremely popular & very well known for having all the best houses, parties, & getting everyone to smoke cloves. She was Parliamentarian of the oldest, non-fraternal organization on campus, Campus Pals, & was also a contributing writer for The Hilltop & Black College View Online news sources. She covered the first-ever, Washington, DC State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, & conceived, founded & chaired the first-ever, Taste of Howard, annual event in 2007.

 

She was renowned for her sincere love for people & the global African Diaspora. 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 here and in the videos below. 

Ayana moved to London in 2009 to pursue an M.A., Financial Economics. She graduated the following year with Merit overall & Distinction on her final dissertation (a study on race, migration, and the economic consequences of remittances in South Africa). Ayana is a Full Equity Member, an RSA Fellow, & a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. She left a full-time career in Philanthropy in 2016 to focus on entertainment and has been performing & advocating for 'Pole Dance as an Art Form' across the US and Europe ever since.

With an upbringing heavily influenced by Persian, Indigenous, & African culture, Ayana sees herself as a modern-day Amytis of Media, Pocahontas, or Cleopatra VII. She views Pole Dance as an empowerment tool & loves to experiment with the Russian Elite & European Classique techniques of Pole Dance & Sport. She founded the Persepolis Pole Project in 2016.

 

 
Emerging Talent Shoot
Emerging Talent Shoot
Emerging Talent Shoot
Emerging Talent Shoot
Emerging Talent Shoot
Emerging Talent Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Aroma Magazine Shoot
Cleopatra VII Photoshoot
Cleopatra VII Photoshoot
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
London Emerging Designer Awards 2015
"The Black Dahlia"
"The Black Dahlia"
"The Black Dahlia"
"Marilyn Monroe's House"
"Marilyn Monroe's House"
"Marilyn Monroe's House"
"Marilyn Monroe's House"
"The Green Queen"
"The Green Queen"
"The Green Queen"
"The Queen of Hearts"
"Girl Gone Goth"
"Girl Gone Goth"
"Girl Gone Goth"
 
 
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
Photo Credit: Peter Ellis
 

GALLERY

Welcome to my Dressing Room :)

Below you'll find a selection of completely Selfie-less, behind-the-scenes flicks from some of my most precious moments within the charity sector, pole community, fashion industry, and so on.

I hope you let these capture you the same way you've let me. :)

Deep love,  

A

xoxo

Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
Antony & Cleopatra: Death Scene
'Save the Children' Annual Carol Concert
London Catwalk Society Show
London Catwalk Society Show
LDF Fashion Show SS16
LDF Fashion Show SS16
London Catwalk Society Spring 15
London Catwalk Society Show
London Catwalk Society Show
Khloe Nova Fashion Show
Khloe Nova Fashion Show
Khloe Nova Fashion Show
Khloe Nova Fashion Show
2015 LED Awards
2015 LED Awards
London Catwalk Society Show
London Catwalk Society Show
LDF Catwalk Show
LDF Catwalk Show
Speaking at Howard University 2008 HIV/AIDS Awareness Event
 

MEDIA

 

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