Masoumeh Jalaileh and Payman Abdali
23.11. – 11.12.2022
“A caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.”
We construct borders to extend our property, attachment, and freedom but what is the line for these borders? Don’t we limit others‘ freedom by extending our own borders?
In Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘the bird opens his throat to sing. The song of the bird is pleasing to the human ear, but at the same time, it is a sign of the bird’s imprisonment. In this image, choreographer Masoumeh Jalalieh found an intriguing starting point for a new performance, which at this point is a work in progress.
As an Iranian dancer and artist, borders are & were always highlighted to me. Whether the geographical ones that shaped the past and present map of my homeland and its relation to other countries, or the cultural borders that came to existence as a result of each geographical and political change within the history of my home country.
Masoumeh Jalalieh is a Vienna-based choreographer and dancer with a background in physical theater (mime), graphic design, and illustration.
Her approach to dance is undoubtedly interwoven with her homeland Iran’s society, culture, and ritual carpet. ‘I carry my origins with me, and thus communicate myself, my country, and its people through my artistic statements.’
As a contemporary artist, she likes to research interdisciplinary codes in images, sounds, and movement. ‘The body is a complicated collection of all elements of nature, such as time, space, speed, etc. I explore those through movement. This way, I communicate my imagination using the ultimate language human beings have at their disposal.’
Payman Abdali born in July 1965 in Tehran, Iran. I finished high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, and graduated from California State University of Sacramento in 1990. On October 27, 1987, I gave the first „Electronic Music Recital“ at CSUS, which I consider the beginning of my professional musical activities. In 1989, I co-founded the music production company XDOT25 in San Francisco, CA. And the rest is an uninterrupted wonderful life in music.
Fotocredit: Mahni Hojati