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.

Festival performance

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

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)

Photo Otto Zinsou

Duration 60 min

Tickets 30,50/24,50/16,50 €