Baba Karam pre-party
The Artgroup Ful and MDT invites the audience to a livestreamed, exclusive pre-party for Ful’s upcoming project Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian. Let´s dance together and streamsweat to Iranian pop and Khordadian inspired dance under the direction of the stars Parwin Hoseinia, Jafar the Superstar and DJ George Charmoun. Welcome!
Link to livestream: click here
- About Baba Karam - through Jamileh and Khordadian
Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian is a participatory dance performance based on baba karam, a popular Iranian dance form, and its use of masculine drag. Three performers and a DJ invite guests (the audience) to dance and listen to queer dance memories, in a room inspired by separatist celebrations, 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 Iranians, Afghans and other West Asians all over the world to dance baba karam.
The world-premiere of Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian will take place during Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival in August 2021.
- About the artists
The queer feminist art group Ful performs, exhibits, creates publications, and curates talks and meetings through an intersectional understanding of the art event. Ful has worked in Sweden and internationally since 2008 with, among other things, the art magazine Ful and acclaimed and award-winning performances such as Europa Europa and Mödrars Manifest. The project Baba Karam is closely associated with Ful’s new dance initiative Finding Sisterhood which is a decolonizing and queer survey of contemporary dance and performance.
Nasim Aghili (b. 1980) is a Swedish-Iranian artist, director, writer and performer. Nasim works in the field of performing and visual arts and their participatory performances, theatre installations and art in the public space often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile and take the form of healing rituals. Nasim Aghili’s plays have been translated to different languages such as English, Spanish and Arabic and their work has been performed or presented in countries such as Puerto Rico, England, Mexico, US, Holland, Estonia and Sápmi.
Malin Holgersson (b. 1974) is an artist, dramaturge, podcaster and editor that works mostly within performing arts and audio drama. Their work is interdisciplinary and combines text, sound, voice and body/ies. With a background as a cultural journalist and radio producer, they often use journalistic methods and stage documentary stories.
Rani Nair dancer and choreographer, whose works have been programmed at the Centre National de la Dance Paris, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Spielart festival Munich, Ignite! Festival of contemporary dance Delhi, Singapore International Festival of Arts. Represented at the Performing arts museum, Dance museum in Stockholm and in the book Oxford Dictionary of Dance and Re-enactment.
Nasim Aghili (artist, director, writer) and Björn Karlsson (artist and horticulturist) is an artist duo working in the field of performing and visual arts. aghili/karlsson’s performances, theatre installations, art in the public space and collaborative works often deal with the experience of existing and living in different forms of exile and how power reproduces ungrievability. Their works often take form of healing rituals and the collaborative making of grievability. The last few years they have been involved in international projects that explore radical gardening, civil disobedience and the aesthetics of sisterhood – mainly with artists, activists and collectives whose work involves various forms of decolonising practices. aghili/karlsson are based in Stockholm and the rural area outside of Södertälje where they also have their garden and studio.
Artistic team: Nasim Aghili (direction+script), Malin Holgersson (sound+interviews) and Rani Nair (choreography) Performers: Parwin Hoseinia, Rani Nair, Edwin “Jafar the Superstar” Safari and George Chamoun (DJ) Set design: Björn Karlsson. Production: Johanna Gustafsson. Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg.
Baba Karam – through Jamileh and Khordadian is produced by Ful in collaboration with the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival/Stora Teatern, the EU network Be SpectACTive, MDT – Stockholm, and Rani Nair Production, with support from the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the City of Stockholm, the City of Lund and a Maxi grant from Stenkrossen.
Production livestream pre-party: MDT in collaboration with Johan E. Andersson, Kapellet produktion.