What if you were coming from a neutral world and, all of a sudden, everything had a gender? The Iranian dancer Sorour Darabi gives a touching and personal answer to this question. In the dancer’s mother tongue Farsi, there is neither a masculine nor a feminine form. Ever since Darabi started living in France, the young dancer continues to find ways of adapting to a world in which literally everything is either masculine or feminine. In Farsi, the word “gender” also means “material”. The gender of a table is wood. Could we then say that the gender of a human being is skin, flesh, bones, muscles and blood? In this solo performance, Sorour Darabi confronts the violence of language and shows us the beauty in trying to change it.
Sorour Darabi is a self-taught artist who grew up in Shiraz in Iran. She was a part of the underground organization The Invisible Centre of Contemporary Dance (ICCD) in Teheran, before going to study at the National Choreography Centre (CCN) in Montpellier, France. Here, she created the solo piece Subject to Change, a performance that questions transformation in relation to time and one’s cohabitation with an environment. Farci.e was created in 2016 and premiered at Festival Montpellier Danse the same year. In 2018, Darabi created Savusûn, inspired by the grieving ceremonies of the sacred month of Muharram. Sorour Darabi lives and works in Paris.
- Norwegian premiere
- Duration: 40 minutes.