Sorour Darabi draws on his Iranian roots to knit together an intimate tale of suffering and fear endured by marginalized bodies. Savušun perturbs and bewitches.
Alone onstage, Sorour Darabi exhibits a body in transition, masculine and feminine knit together. Drawing on his Iranian roots, he/she fashions an intimate tale of the suffering and fear endured by marginalized bodies. Transported by Shiite funeral rites and mourning ceremonies, the artist combines the vulgar and the sacred in a dazzling performance, as shameless as it is subversive.
An improbable body, riven by twisted movements, violence and convulsions, opens up to probe the depths of remembrance, memories of war, of martyrdom. Ecstasy and suffering intersect between cruelty and gentleness. By means of a Farsi chant, a letter addressed to his father and erotically changed scenes, Darabi seduces, perverts, pushing the limits of the body. He/she turns his/her face and body into a moving, ambiguous landscape of infinite possibility. Savušun perturbs, bewitches.
Produced by Sorour Darabi
Executive Producer Météores
Concieved, choreographed and performed by Sorour Darabi
Lighting Design Yannick Fouassier + Jean-Marc Ségalen
Dramaturgy Pauline Le Boulba
Outside Eye Mathieu Bouvier + Céline Cartillier
Sound Design Clément Bernerd
Administration Charlotte Giteau
Touring Sandrine Barrasso
Coproduction Montpellier Danse 2018 creative residency at Agora, cité internationale de la danse with the support of Fondation BNP Paribas + CND Centre national de la danse + La Villette Résidences d’artistes (Paris) + La Maison CDCN – Uzès Gard Occitanie with the support of ICI – Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier – Occitanie + Sophiensaele (Berlin) + Fonds Transfabrik– Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant + La fée Nadou (L’Affenadou)
Presented with the support of Institut Français (Paris) + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec in association with Théâtre Prospero
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Montpellier Danse, on June 23, 2018
Sorour Darabi (Teheran + Paris)
A 28-year-old self-taught Iranian dancer and choreographer, Sorour Darabi is very active in Iran.
He/she is a member of the ICCD underground association, the organizers of the Untimely festival in Teheran. Given that the dance he presents is considered taboo in Iran, Darabi has been living in France since 2013, the year she/he entered the Exerce Master program at CCN in Montpellier. During the program, he/she created the solo Subject to Change, which questions transformation with regards to time and cohabitation with the environment. In 2016 Farci·e explored notions of language, gender identity and sexuality. The dancer has also performed for Jule Flierl and Pauline Brun.
For his first performance at the FTA, Sorour Darabi will present his third solo, with its connection to the Muharram grieving ceremonies of his childhood, and the emotions of grief, fear and suffering. An ode to affect and vulnerability, Savušun, « grieving at the death of Siavash », is the name of a pre-Islamic ceremony that recreates the funeral rites for this Persian prince, historical or legendary. With this performance, Darabi pursues the work begun in his two previous solos on the limits of the body and its social constructions, violating codes. In this piece the artist addresses his cultural identity, bringing his Iranian roots into play, imbuing them with a new experience of fluidity and lack of fixedness as regards the various categories of gender, race, sexes and social classes.