Savušun, the latest work by Sorour Darabi, is an ode to vulnerability, to sentient, living beings. Like in the performance Farci.e, the body is at the centre of his*her work. Literally „Savušun“ means: moaning the death of Siyâvash, the legendary Persian prince. Inspired by this pre-Islamic mourning ceremony that is still celebrated today by Shiite Muslims, the Iranian artist examines what the (male) body can represent.
For Sorour Darabi the traditional rituals of moaning, crying, singing and beating prove of a heterogeneous beauty: the men expose to the crowds of spectators their power and weakness. The collective experience evokes contradictory and ambiguous emotions: violence, pain, grief and tenderness.
With Farci.e and Savušun the Wiener Festwochen offer two striking insights into a highly original artistic world.
- Artistic Team
Conception, Choreography, Performance Sorour Darabi Light Design Jean-Marc Ségalen, Yannick Fouassier Dramaturgy Pauline Le Boulba Artistic Consulting Céline Cartillier & Mathieu Bouvier
Sound Design Clément Bernerd Administration Charlotte Giteau Touring Sandrine Barrasso
Production Météores (Nantes) Co-production Montpellier Danse (with support of the BNP Paribas foundation), CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), La Villette (Paris), La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, La Fée Nadou (L’Affenadou), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, ICI - CCN Montpellier – Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée, Sophiensaele (Berlin), Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant With the support of SPEDIDAM, Ballet du Nord CCN Roubaix Thanks to Pouya Ehsaei, Florian De Sépibus, Agnieszka Ryszkiewicz, Ali Moini, Bryan Campbell, DD Dorvillier, Hossein Fakhri, Kamnoush Khosrovani, Maria Rössler, Tirdad Hashemi
Premiere June 2018, Montpellier Danse
Sorour Darabi is a self-taught Iranian artist currently living in Paris. Before joining the choreographic master’s program at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier in 2013, he*she was already very active in Iran, and as a member of the underground association ICCD, presented various works at the Tehranian festival Untimely. He*she also performed in projects by Jule Flierl, Pauline Brun and Paula Pi amongst others and between 2013 and 2015 – while studying at the Centre Chorégraphique National – created the performance Subject to Change, that questioned the processes of transformation through time and through the cohabitation with the environment. At Festival Montpellier Danse Sorour Darabi presented Farci.e in 2016, a piece that since then was performed in Tehran and to tour all over Europe, as well as the newest project Savušun in 2018.