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Rooted in an ongoing curiousity towards other cultures and the development of movement in different contexts than her own, Icelandic choreographer and dancer Bára Sigfúsdóttir travelled in 2014 to Teheran (Iran) where she took part in the UNTIMELY Festival. While teaching a workshop, she got intrigued by the skills and presence of two local artists, Masoumeh Jalalieh and Alireza Mirmohammadi. This experience planted the seed for an ongoing artistic affinity between the three of them, resulting in being, Bára’s newest creation where - for the very first time - she will not be performing herself but will rather direct the meeting between the movers on stage.
Every human being has a body. With this body we address the world and each other, it is the most primary thing which we share with one another. In being the body is the common ground to explore and to put in dialogue the West-European with the Iranean and by extension the Middle-Eastern culture and society. Used as a poetic generator of subtext, the moving body can express different layers of sensations and experiences. The meeting between bodies, between the two people on stage but also between them and the audience, will serve as a sober gesture. A place to explore what we share rather than to underline our differences.
Premiere: 26th and 27th of October 2017, in co-presentation with Vooruit and CAMPO
Length: about 60 minutes
Choreography: Bára Sigfúsdóttir
Created with and performed by: Masoumeh Jalalieh and Seyed Alireza Mirmohammadi
Lighting design: Jan Fedinger
Dramaturge: Sara Vanderieck
Technical supervision: Marie Vandecasteele and/or Bardia Mohammad
International diffusion: Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent / A Propic
Co-production: Vooruit, Dans Brabant, DANCE ON PASS ON DREAM ON, workspacebrussels / Life Long Burning i.c.w. Moussem, de Grote Post and C-TAKT
With the support of: Fabrik Potsdam, Platform 0090, Grand Theatre and CAMPO
With financial support of: Flanders State of the Arts, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the city of Antwerp