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Ali Asghar Dashti & Nasim Ahmadpour We Came to Dance


Ali Asghar Dashti & Nasim Ahmadpour We Came to Dance

performance KFDA premiere
MO 27.05 20:00
TU 28.05 18:00
WE 29.05 20:00
TH 30.05 22:00
FR 31.05 22:00

in Farsi surtitled in NL FR EN
70 min

What does it mean to be a dancer when dancing is prohibited? How do you feel when forced to refrain from doing something you have dedicated your entire life to? Starting from these questions, Iranian playwright Nasim Ahmadpour and director Ali Asghar Dashti create a breathtaking performance. On stage, two completely immobile dancers describe the movements they would have made if they could dance. These descriptions of a hand gesture, of a step to the side, entrust us spectators with reconstructing a choreography that is no longer possible to create. The detailed and touching account intertwines with episodes from the recent past, like the story of theatre director Hamid Samandarian. Banned from working in theatres in the early 1980s, his company decided to open a restaurant together. When their first customers entered, the performers felt the same stress as if this were an audience entering the theatre hall. Can anyone stop being who they are? In another episode, an imprisoned director wonders if, by making his fellow prisoners act, he could stop being a prisoner for a moment. Taking its title from a song verse, We Came to Dance is a theatrical gem and a love letter to the stage.

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Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg
Director: Ali Asghar Dashti
Writer and dramaturge: Nasim Ahmadpour
Performers: Hamid Pourazari, Ilnaz Shabani
With the presence of: Nasim Ahmadpour, Narges Hashempour, Ali Asghar Dashti
Choreographer: Mostafa Shabkhan
Assistant director: Fatemeh Rouzbehani
Sound designer and music: Farshad Fozouni
Video: Mohammad Reza Rahmati 
Costume designer: Neda Nasr
Lighting designer:  Niloofar Naghibsadati
Graphic designer: Farhad Fozouni
Technology: Jafar Hejazi
Production manager: Mohammad Amin Tafazzoli
Production: Don Quixote Theatre Group & Interdisciplinary Cultural-Artistic Institute Names and Signatures
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Image © Kaveh Golestan, Courtesy of Archaeology of the Final Decade