inside the closed 2019

If we were to translate the word ’embody’ into Farsi, we could say ‘to find a body’. Here, ‘the body’ is imagined as a tool to receive, understand and transform space. The space that informs the body and then, the body that moves in space and transforms, itself. How this ’embodiment’ manifests, is what we could observe here, depending on our individual, but also collective perspective.

This is a collaborative live performance among Tehran-based artists, Sara Qajar (Fashion Designer), Mohamad Nikpour (Sound Artist), Atousa Alebouyeh (Visual Artist) and Sina Saberi (Choreographer) exhibited in Tehran’s COMODE Design Space.

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Sina Saberi


From a background of literature, language teaching and communication, Sina is an independent performer and maker, who came to the performing arts in 2012. He helped establish and co-found an independent dance collective called MaHa alongside seven other young artists in Tehran. This collective has had several dance initiatives in Iran including Iran’s first ‘body movement’ festival in March 2016. His own artistic journey is inspired much by the urgency of physical expression as a means for cultural development. In terms of practice, Sina is focused on the (minimum) 40-year gap that the art form of dance has faced in Iran and wonders where Iranian contemporary dance might be today. dealing with questions of identity rising out of a very particular context of post-Islamic Republic, he looks at elements within the Iranian culture and how they could still be relevant today within his and the broader context. in 2017 he founded Kahkeshān, a community-based organization dedicated to dance re

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