Photographs by Minoosh Zomorodinia 

Caligraphy and Art beneath the performers by Arash Shirinbab

Performers: 

Hannah Beck

Angela Newsham

Maria Dawn

Nathalie Brilliant

Performed as part of Norooz Celebration 1395 at City Hall San Francisco with commmunity members from all over the Bay Area. Iranican steps in to host and continue this tradition started in 2006 by our communities' leaders. Norooz Celebration is a monumental event celebrating and showcasing Iran's cultural heritage!

Concept:

Beginning with a meditation to center the body and focus the mind, the performers begin to explore the space touching and feeling the objects present (trees, branches, moss and other bodies), as though for the first time. Thus, creating and holding dynamic body positions and placements in accordance to object, body and space.

The piece looks to understand how spaces shape our bodies and inform our gestures. Conformed movement is deconstructed through conscious somatic play and exploration of body in relation to architecture. 

This piece thinks about the body in a sculputral manner, focusing on the body as a form of art. It looks to consider how the spaces we situate ourselves in and the people who surround us shape our beings and inform the way we bend, move and think.