Jun 18: Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian- Ful

Date: June 18
Time: 5.00 pm + 8.30 pm (90 min)

This show is part of the Performing Arts Festival

Price: 50:- per show, 100:- First time byers including pin
(Applies to shows at Dansstationen under Performing Arts Festival 2022)

The sound volume in the performance is intended for people over 12 years.

A participatory dance performance based on the popular Iranian dance form baba karam.

Welcome to a participatory dance performance based on the Irania dance baba karam. Three performers and a DJ invite you to dance and listen to memories of dance, in a room inspired by queer clubs and separatist parties where everyone gets to dance for and with one another.

The work is also a tribute to the two influential and well-known American-Iranian choreographers Jamileh and Mohammad Khordadian, who have encouraged millions of people all over the world to dance. Their important work has expanded the boundaries for what dance can do and mean to people. For many, they have also been influential in framing a dance created in diaspora.

With this performance we invite you to a space for dance and interaction that challenges and overthrows traditions and norms in the field of dance and Western performing arts. Through the popular dance of baba karam, with queer desires always present, we also want to explore drag from a perspective that does not necessarily reproduce the given truths of a white, Western drag tradition. We welcome expressions and traditions created within the diaspora and the decolonial field of thinking and art making.

The dancers and DJ will not be performing IRL. But they will interact and ask you to dance in the space that all of us, despite the distance, will be sharing. The physical absence of performers is not merely a way of making the performance safe and possible to tour during the pandemic. It also offers an artistic opportunity to create and explore the specific conditions confronting us in times of pandemic. Conditions that will most probably impact on how we work for years to come and that require us to find new approaches and methods.

Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian is a piece that poses questions about intimacy, mobility and our need to create spaces for being together that bridge physical distances. This is a consequence of the pandemic but also an obvious reality for people living in the diaspora, as refugees, and in an era of climate change.

Baba Karam– through Jamileh and Khordadian is produced by Ful in collaboration with the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival/Stora Teatern, MDT – Stockholm, and Rani Nair Production, with the support of the EU network Be SpectACTive, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the City of Stockholm, Region Skåne, the City of Lund and Maxi grant from Stenkrossen.

Concept and idea: Ful (Nasim Aghili, Malin Holgersson, Rani Nair)
Performers: Parwin Hoseinia, Rani Nair, Jafar the Superstar and Rasuul (George Chamoun)
Voices dance memories: Sepideh Khodarahmi, Ardeshir Bibakabadi, Romina Houshmand, Khaled Alesmael, ZIKO Hama
Direction and script: Nasim Aghili
Choreography: Rani Nair together with the ensemble
Interviews and editing of dance memories: Malin Holgersson
Jafar the Superstar’s monologue: Edwin Safari
Set design: Björn Karlsson
Costume: Björn Karlsson and Nasim Aghili together with the ensemble
Assistant director: Alejandra Goic
Makeup designer: Susanne Åberg
Video: Nemo Stocklassa Hinders
Sound video: Agnieszka Lewalski
Light video: Jonathan Winbo
2nd assistant camera: Lukas Wigardt
Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg and Sepidar Hosseini
Producer: Johanna Gustafsson
Photo: Nemo Stocklassa Hinders