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A dancer is connected to a marionette that ensures the simultaneous translation of his body-language – a priori. Ali Moini takes to the stage with his puppet double in a stand-off that’s part transposition, part accompaniment, part manipulation.
Iranian dancer and choreographer Ali Moini pulls all the strings in this performance: his body is connected at multiple points to that of a marionette, by an ingenious play of cables and pulleys. Each gesture on the part of the performer entails a movement by his double. It falls to us to appreciate the quality of the final translation: an identical reproduction of the original gesture? Straightforward intent? A transposition to something quite different?
Offering a new take on the communication between the dancer and his double, the project evokes the figure of Rostam, a hero of Persian mythology. In this emotionally restrained piece, the Farsi proverb that gives the performance its name (roughly translatable as ‘I owe my glory to Rostam’) resonates with concepts of the usurper, the double, or the avatar.
After Lives – presented at New Settings#3, featuring a body in motion connected to a system of strings – Ali Moini returns with this new solo show (if we discount the presence of his inanimate alter ego). French scenographer Julien Peissel has developed a sophisticated apparatus of tailor-made cables to ‘remote-control’ the life-sized marionette. The project is part of New Settings #6 from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, which supports its production and staging at the Théâtre de la Cité internationale in Paris.
Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 7 p.m.
Duration: 1 h
Concept and performance Ali Moini
Sound installation Sarah Shamloo and Nima Aghiani
Artistic support Soroor Darabi
Scenography Julien Peissel
Lighting Stéfane Perraud
Technical direction Guillaume Février
Production: Cie Selon l’heure. • With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of New Settings #6 • Co-production: Montpellier Danse 16; La Passerelle - Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc; La Filature - Scène nationale de Mulhouse • Hosted by: Espace Pasolini, Centre National de la Danse (extended residencies programme) • With the support of the DRAC Île-de-France (project-based support).