Savušun (“grieving for the death of Siyâvash”) is the name of a pre-Islamic ceremony that commemorates the mourning for this historical, or legendary, Persian prince. Intensely present on stage, Sorour Darabi lives out the contradictory emotions expressed in it — suffering, sorrow, fear, violence, but also joy, craziness, delight, release and ecstasy — thus displaying a body which is marked by its ambivalence. Inspired from Shiite mourning ceremonies, which take place during the month of Muharram, on stage, this ritual becomes a pagan form, in which the relationships of domination are inverted, and the values associated with the expression of feelings are redefined. As an ode to vulnerability and deep feelings, this performance revives the memory of old, collective emotions and brings to mind those men who, through their tears and their rebellion, presented a different vision of their own virility.
Born in 1990 in Shiraz (Iran), Sorour Darabi is a self-taught artist, who lives and works in Paris. Extremely active in Iran, s.he is part of the underground association ICCD, whose festival Untimely (Tehran) hosted his.er work before s.he left for France. During his.er training at the CCN in Montpellier s.he created the solo Subject to Change, then, in 2016, Farci.e, a performance based on language, gender identity and sexuality. S.he also dances for Jule Flierl, Pauline Brun and Ligia Lewis.
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Artistic direction / Conception : Sorour Darabi
Choreography : Sorour Darabi
Interpretation : Sorour Darabi
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Dramaturgie Pauline Le Boulba - Regard extérieur Céline Cartillier, Mathieu Bouvier
Original music : Pouya Ehsaei
Lights : Jean-Marc Ségalen, Yannick Fouassier
Sound : Technicien son Florian de Sépibus
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Spectacle créé le 23.06.2018 au Festival Montpellier Danse.
Duration : 54 minutes