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.