Festival Performa & Platforma 2019 - Oral[no]

Sorour Darabi

FARCI.E

dance performance | Iran, France

FARCI.E <em>Photo: Mehrdad Motejalli</em>
Photo: Mehrdad Motejalli

This work investigates gender in a comprehensive and visceral way, from its biological (de)formations (the body), to its cultural constructions (sexual identity) and linguistic definitions (the gender of words and objects).

"My native language, Farsi, has no gender markers. Grammatically, there is no need to identify the sex of the speaker. Neither articles, verbs nor adjectives have masculine or feminine versions. Nouns are neutral.

The constant attribution of gender in language and communication has raised a lot of difficult questions. What if I want to talk about myself in neutral terms? What does it mean to be basically defined by gender and to continually have to express it? And why not switch gender from one sentence, one moment or one day to another?

How many of my body parts are feminine and how many are masculine? Am I feminine, while my vagina is masculine? What kind of fantastic story is the French language trying to tell by assigning a sex to words and things?

In my native language, Farsi, the word gender "جنس" (jens), has two very different meanings: applied to human beings and animals, it refers to their biological sex, as in most languages.

But, applied to things and objects, it refers to the material they are made of, for example, the "gender" of this table is wood. So, I have always thought about gender in terms of material, rather than sexual identity."

Duration: 45 min

Concept, Choreography and Performance: Sorour Darabi
Light Design: Yannick Fouassier
Lighting Operator: Jean-Marc Ségalen
Outside Eye: Mathieu Bouvier
Production: Météores
Co-production: Festival Montpellier Danse, ICI-CCN Montpellier Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée with the support of CND Centre national de la danse - Pantin, Honolulu-Nantes and the Théâtre de Vanves

Sorour Darabi is a self-taught Iranian artist currently living in Paris. Before joining the choreographic master’s program Ex.e.r.ce at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier (direction Mathilde Monnier & Christian Rizzo) in 2013, she/he was already very active in Iran. Member of the underground association ICCD, she/he presented various works at the Teheran festival Untimely. Between 2013 and 2015, while studying at the Centre Chorégraphique National, she/he created Subject to Change, a performance that questioned the processes of transformation through time and co-habitation with the environment.


Festival Performa & Platforma 2019 - Oral[no] - Home page

Our site uses cookies for social networks connections, better overall site performance and awesome user experience. Do you agree with use of cookies?

Find out more about our cookie policy

Cookies on our web page

Legal basis

The legal basis for the cookie policy notice is the EU E-Privacy Directive (Directive 2009/136) and the amended Electronic Communications Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 109/2012) that entered into force in the beginning of 2013 and brought about new regulations governing the use of cookies and similar technologies for the storage of information and access to information, stored on users’ computers or mobile devices.

About cookies

Cookies are short text files that are sent from a website and stored on user’s computer, smartphone or any other device accessing websites through the Internet. They can be used to collect information on how users browse a website, and can thus adapt the contents of the website to users’ interests when they browse the same website in the future, ensuring the best user experience. A cookie usually contains a string of letters and numbers that is stored on user’s computer when they visit a certain website. Each time the user visits the website, the latter is notified of the stored cookie, thereby enabling recognition of the user.

The use of cookies on the Internet has been commonplace for quite some time. More information on cookies can be found at www.aboutcookies.org, including instructions on how to delete them.

Types of cookies

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies let you move around the website and use its essential features. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for (e.g. registration, shopping activities, safety, etc.) will not function.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information on how visitors use a website with the purpose of improving their user experience (for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, etc.). These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember your settings and choices you make (user name, language, region, etc.) and provide enhanced, personalised features. These cookies may track your actions on the website.

Targeting cookies

Tracking cookies are related to third-party services (e.g. advertising and social networks), such as the ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons. These cookies may track your actions on the website. They are managed and hosted by third parties.

Cookies on this website

Cookie name Author Purpose
bcms_cookie_accepted
bcms_cookie_declined
Festival Performa Platforma These cookies record your choice regarding the use of cookies on our website.
di
dt
psc
uid
uit
uvc
siteaud
ana_svc
atuvc
user_token
...
AddThis These cookies are set by AddThis social plugin.
AddThis privacy policy / Opt-out of AddThis
__utma
__utmz
SID
LOGIN_INFO
use_hotbox
PREF
SSID
HSID
watched_video_id_list
demographics
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
...
YouTube These cookies are set by YouTube video player.
Types of cookies used by Google
_ga
__utma
__utmb
__utmc
__utmv
__utmz
SC
PREF
HSID
SSID
APISID
SAPISID
SNID
NID
GoogleAccountsLocale_session
AnalyticsUserLocale
GAPS
...
Google These cookies are set by Google and/or Google Maps.
Types of cookies used by Google

Cookie management

Cookies are stored and managed by the browser used by the user. The browser may limit cookie storage or disable it. Cookies stored by the browser may be deleted – for more information visit www.aboutcookies.org. Your decision regarding the use of cookies on this website can be changed at any time by clicking on the link Cookies.

Website management

Website Festival Performa & Platforma.