Banned: A Tour of Tehran in under 10 minutes
Banned: A Tour of Tehran in under 10 minutes, was created as a response to the Travel (Muslim) Ban Executive Order signed by Donald Trump. This piece invited the audience to be open to their imagination, intuition, emotions, sensations, and intellect to virtually experience a neighborhood in Tehran. No passports needed!! Although this piece was made as a result of the ban, it speaks about larger themes such as immigration, exile, and being “The Other”. This piece engages the American audience with Iranian culture through score-based improvisation inspired by postmodern era dance forms.
Choreographer, Dancer, Sound Editor: Bita Bell
Music: Karen Homayounfar
Inspired by Arvo Pärt’s Orient and Occident.
Roman Mosaic Patterns
Persian Tile Patterns
1st showing – 20 September
The military walks worked well against the music chosen.
Think about adding more variations on the arms and perhaps similar variations for lower body.
The phrase on the center seemed disjunct to the beginning.
The boxing of the space worked well the first time but the reverse needs rethinking.
Try to merge the center phrase with militaristic walks somehow.
Play more with symmetry.
2nd showing – 22 September
Experiment again with the military walks from the first showing. Perhaps don’t sit back down!
Wexner Center for the Arts Showing – 23 September
Full Solo, in class showing – 29 September
Cohesive from floor to walking . Organically driven
Ritualistic for the repetition and spacing.
Looks like something very important was being said. A Tragic story.
Setting up a Place of worship.
Hair and gender stood up.
The change of arms and their transitions were not clear and as smooth
Perhaps project the tiles on the floor.
Spatial development to nail some moments and phrasing.
Balances of extremes , relationship in throwing vs the stillness
Asymmetry; Ying and yang. Maybe go a bit improvisational.
Showcase all the variables.
Overlaying the Mosaic Patterns:
Photos From Solo Performance at the Wexner Center for the Arts: