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23 June 2018

Teatro del Parco, Polverigi


Sina Siberi studied with Jacques Lecoq, Laleh Alavi and Atefeh Tehrani. He is one of the founder of MaHa Collective, creator of the performance No. 3, Teheran. After meeting Omar Rajeh, artistic director of Maqamat Dance Theatre, they starts the collaboration for Zaafaran. In 2016 with MaHa organizes Body Movement, first official dance festival in Iran.

Sina Saberi invites a to a tea ceremony: seven herbs from seven different corners of Iran are chosen, each representing either a personal story or a part of history. Sometimes this history is directly related to the history of dance in Iran.

Damnoosh is created out of a need for oneness. It’s a moment of presence in frame of an alternative performance using dance as an object. It brings story-telling, poetry, music & people together to communicate cultural notions from Iran through a simple, daily act of making tea.

There is little movement happening from the side of the dancer. In this piece, the dance is more of a concept, an object, often imagined collectively together with the audience who is part of this engaging ritual. The artist’s grandmother’s lost dance is slowly remembered towards the end of the piece, as the audience have all drank the magical tea. Each time the dance is remembered a little more together with the people. 

concept, artistic direction and dance Sina Saberi

music Mohammadreza Shajarian

costume Reza Nadimi

light design Ali Kouzehgar

production MaHa Collective, Iran and Maqamat Dance Theatre, Libano

part of Focus Young Mediterranean and Middle East Choreographers 2018 and La Francia in Scena, stagione artistica dell’Institut français Italia, founded by Ambasciata di Francia in Italia, with the support ofInstitut français e del Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication

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