- Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian
The latest work from the Art Group Ful is a participatory dance performance based on the popular Iranian dance form 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 dancers and DJ will not be performing IRL, but 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.
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.
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.
Hostee – Sepideh Khodarahmi
Sepideh Khodarahmi is a dancer, actor, cake sitter and dragking. They are educated at the Theater Academy in Gothenburg and Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten. Sepideh Khodarahmi will host the show IRL at MDT and dance together with the audiences.
Concept and idea: Ful (Nasim Aghili, Malin Holgersson, Rani Nair)
Performers: Parwin Hoseinia, Rani Nair, Jafar the Superstar and Rasuul (George Chamoun)
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
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.
- About Konstgruppen Ful
Ful is a queer feminist art collective based in Sweden that through an intersectional understanding of the art event and/or situation, produces performances, exhibitions, publications, podcasts and curates talks and meetings. Ful (founded 2008) consists of artists and activists that are working with analysis, theory and knowledge formation through art based on queer feminist ideas, decolonial practices and postcolonial aesthetics. Ful has worked both in Sweden and internationally, among other things by their award-winning art magazine Ful and notable, internationally touring and award-winning performances such as Europa Europa and Manifiesto de las Madres/Mödrars Manifest/Mothers’ Manifest.
2019 Ful’s Nasim Aghili and Rani initiated the ongoing project Finding Sisterhood.
Finding Sisterhood is a decolonising and queer mapping of contemporary dance and performance. This mapping departs from a need to mobilise a movement and name aesthetic movements that are vibrating and vital to contemporary dance and performance while at the same time being marginalised in its history and archives. Finding Sisterhood is one of many sisterly acts where space and platforms are shaped to present and create collective languages for artists who instead of discussing whiteness, cis and hetero norms are in conversation with their own and adjacent communities.