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Banned: A Tour of Tehran in under 10 minutes

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
May 2017

Showing

Rehearsal

Tiny Dance in 4 x 4

In Collaboration with Choreographer Clair Melbourne, Fellow Graduate Student!

Ten Tiny Dances is a performance series dedicated to fostering inventive dance/performance art and providing an accessible performance experience for a diverse audience all on a 4 by 4 foot stage.

Performed at Movement Activities – 400 Rich St.
March 17th @ 8pm
March 18th @ 2pm & 8pm
Tickets are $10 cash only at the door.

Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced by founder Mike Barber and others, with permission. Please see www.tentinydances.org for more information.

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” ______ is a myth. A myth is a story of unidentified origin or of different origins. A myth is based on one central story which is retold over and over in different variations. A myth denies one history as well as one truth and implies a search for truth in the spaces, in the differences between the different stories. Speaking about ______ as a myth, is not intended to mystify it. It simply indicates that _____ only exists in plural.”

Solo: Orient and Occident

©Bita Bell

Inspired by Arvo Pärt’s Orient and Occident.

Roman Mosaic Patterns

Persian Tile Patterns

Spatial Pattern:

1st showing – 20 September

Class Feedback:
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

Class Feedback:
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

Class Feedback:

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:

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Photos From Solo Performance at the Wexner Center for the Arts:


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