Natural Drama questions the concept of ‘nature’ through the lens of contemporary environmental issues and from a historical and socio-political perspective, with all that implies for the body. It is a kind of futuristic mythology with its roots in dance traditions, both seen and hidden, preserved and lost. Sorour Darabi brings together several figures to question the representations and constructions of the so-called female body. We meet the American choreographer Isadora Duncan and her search for a dance inspired by the natural elements, and the Iranian princess Zahra Khanom Taj Saltaneh, artist, intellectual and pioneer of women’s rights in Iran, close to a current queer figure. Between these two personalities who work on the feminist question in different geographies, viewpoints and approaches, Sorour Darabi digs a third way to propose a new mythological being who could flourish in a future that makes room for vulnerability.
is a self-taught Iranian artist who live and work between Paris and Berlin. Working actively in Iran, they were a part of the underground organisation ICCD, whose festival Untimely (Teheran) presented Darabi’s work before their departure for France. During their studies at the CCN de Montpellier, they created the solo piece Subject to Change, a performance questioning transformation with regard to time and one’s cohabitation with an environment. In 2016, they presented Farci.e, a solo piece dealing with notions of language, gender identity and sexuality. In 2018, they created Savušun, an ode to affect and vulnerability. Their most recent solo performance Mowgli, inspired by the jungle as an infinite territory at the crossroads of contemporary myths, was shown at TQW in 2021.
Concept, choreography, performance Sorour Darabi Dramaturgy Lynda Rahal Sound design Pablo Altar Light design, scenography Yannick Fouassier Setting, accessories, costume design Alicia Zaton, Marine Peyraud assisted by Juliette Ritter on an original idea by Sorour Darabi Stage management Jean-Marc Ségalen, Selma Benramdane Vocal coach Pierre Derycke Thanks to Thélia Merchadou-Pineau (help for research of collaborators), Pierre Renard Executive production Météores Administration production Charlotte Giteau Production, touring Sandrine Barrasso Co-production Centre national de la danse – CND Pantin; Festival d’Automne à Paris; ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée as part of Europe Creative Life Long Burning funded by the European Union; L’Echangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France; WEB network: La Maison de la danse CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, WP Zimmer, Beursschouwburg, Black Box Theater, Tanzquartier Wien, Frascati Theater; PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art) With the support of DRAC – Ile de France, SPEDIDAM