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Conception, choreography and performance: Sorour Darabi
Light design: Yannick Fouassier, Jean-Marc Ségalen
Sound technician: Clément Bernerd
Dramaturgy: Pauline Le Boulba
Outside eyes: Céline Cartillier, Mathieu Bouvier
Administration: Charlotte Giteau
Touring: Sandrine Barrasso
Production: Météores
Thanks to: Pouya Ehsaei, Florian de Sépibus, Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz, Ali Moini, DD Dorvillier, Bryan Campbell, Hossein Fakhri, Kamnoush Khosrovani, Maria Rössler, Tirdad Hashemi
Photo: Otto Zinsou

Co-production: Montpellier Danse 2018, résidence de création à l'Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with the support of Fondation BNP Paribas ; CND Centre national de la danse ; La Villette Résidences d’artistes, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie with the support of La Fée Nadou-résidence d’artistes ; Zürcher Theater Spektakel Festival ; ICI-Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier-Occitanie ; Sophiensaele, Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant ; with the support of SPEDIDAM et du CCN Ballet du Nord (mise à disposition de studio)

Duration: 60 min

Tickets: 31,00/25,00/16,50 €

Tickets with the festival pass from Tiketti

Teatterisali (Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus)

8.2.2020 15:00 Premiere

Performance archive 2020 Side Step 2020 | Sorour Darabi Savušun: سووشون

In Savušun, Sorour Darabi gives the stage to emotions – how they become manifest, come to life and are made flesh. The word savušun refers to a pre-Islamic ceremony, a ritual of mourning for the legendary Persian prince Siavash. When it was islamized, it dramatised the death of shi'ite imams, especially Imam Hossein. Darabi's performance is a pagan ritual of mourning for a solo performer built on the forms and gestures of shi'ite collective mourning rituals, but also on Western pop songs.

In Savušun, Darabi surrenders his/her body, making it a channel for our shared fears, grief and suffering. Song, motion and text set questions of art and performance, the rituals of grief and masochism into a poetic dialogue. Exploration of the boundaries of histories, cultures and genders is used to outline a vulnerable, sensitive, "minority" body and identity.

Sorour Darabi worked as a self-taught artist in Iran before starting studies as a choreographer in CCN Montpellier in France. S/he lives and works in Paris. Darabi's previous works have focused on questions such as gendered forms of language.