Co-production: Rani Nair ❤️ Ful

Collaborative works have always been a big part of my practice.
During the pandemic it became a necessity and also as a way to work in more sustainable processes. In tight collaboration with the art group Ful we co-produced Finding Sisterhood and Baba Karam - through Jamileh and Khordadian.
Read the short summaries below or follow the links for further presentations on the website of Ful.

Finding Sisterhood ↗
Online space

The art group Ful welcomes all siblings to the Act of Love/Act of Solidarity/Performance series/Dream Finding Sisterhood*! A decolonizing and queer feminist mapping. Together with the art duo aghili/karlsson, Finding Sisterhood presents Correspondence / Finding Sisterhood / Online Space - an online venue with more than 30 unique works made for the Art Group Ful and Finding Sisterhood.

The audience navigates between performances in the public space, artist talks, dreams of a better art scene and tributes to some of the artists who’ve changed the dance and performance scene forever. The repertoire includes the choreographer Mandeep Raikhy's video diary from their performance tour in India, the anti-nationalist project The Secular Project and performance works created for a digital stage by Rani Nair, Amanda Piña, Malin Holgersson, Nasim Aghili, Timimie Märak, ButchFemmeAB and many more - sisterly presented by Lilit Asiryans playful design of Ful’s digital body.

Baba Karam ↗

Welcome to a participatory dance performance based on baba karam – our favorite Iranian dance form! Three performers and a DJ invite you to dance and listen to memories of dance, in a room inspired by queer clubs and separatist parties where everyone gets to dance for and with one another.

The work is also a tribute to the two influential and well-known American-Iranian choreographers Jamileh and Mohammad Khordadian, who have encouraged millions of people all over the world to dance. Their important work has expanded the boundaries for what dance can do and mean to people. For many, they have also been influential in framing a dance created in diaspora.

With this performance we invite you to a space for dance and interaction that challenges and overthrows traditions and norms in the field of dance and Western performing arts. Through the popular dance of baba karam, with queer desires always present, we also want to explore drag from a perspective that does not necessarily reproduce the given truths of a white, Western drag tradition. We welcome expressions and traditions created within the diaspora and the decolonial field of thinking and art making.

Artist team:

Artistic Leaders Finding Sisterhood: Nasim Aghili and Rani Nair (in collaboration with Malin Holgersson)
Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg
Web design/development: Lilit Asiryan
Illustration: Shabnam Faraee
Producer: Johanna Gustafsson    

Artistic team:

Concept and idea: Ful (Nasim Aghili, Malin Holgersson, Rani Nair)
Performers: Parwin Hoseinia, Rani Nair, Jafar the Superstar and Rasuul (George Chamoun)
Dance memories: Sepideh Khodarahmi, Ardeshir Bibakabadi, Romina Houshmand, Khaled Alesmael, ZIKO Hama
Direction and script: Nasim Aghili
Choreography: Rani Nair together with the ensemble
Interviews and editing of dance memories: Malin Holgersson
Jafar the Superstar’s monologue: Edwin Safari
Set design: Björn Karlsson
Costume: Björn Karlsson and Nasim Aghili together with the ensemble
Assistant director: Alejandra Goic
Makeup designer: Susanne Åberg
Video: Nemo Stocklassa Hinders
Sound video: Agnieszka Lewalski
Light video: Jonathan Winbo
2nd assistant camera: Lukas Wigardt
Graphic design: Hanne Lindberg and Sepidar Hosseini
Producer: Johanna Gustafsson