Sorour Darabi is a self-taught Iranian artist who lives and works in France since 2013. Very active in Iran, they are part of the underground association ICCD whose Untimely festival (Tehran) hosted their works before their departure for France. In 2013, they joined the Master Exerce at ICI-CCN in Montpellier, from which they graduated in 2015. In this context, they created the solo Subject to Change, a performance that questions transformation through time and cohabitation with the environment.
In 2016, they created Farci.e, a solo dealing with notions of language, gender identity and sexuality, as part of the Montpellier danse festival. They next piece, Savušun, premiered in 2018, is an ode to affection, vulnerability and affected beings, which draws inspiration from Muharram's mourning ceremonies and addresses the issue of emotions: grief, fear and suffering.
For these projects, they collaborated with Pauline Le Boulba for the dramaturgy, Yannick Fouassier and Jean-Marc Ségalen for the light creation, Mathieu Bouvier and Céline Cartillier as outside eyes.
Their plays have been shown in many theaters and festivals in France and abroad: Festival Montpellier Danse, Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich - Switzerland), Tanzquartier (Austria), Tanztage Festival (Berlin - Germany), BIPOD Festival (Beirut - Lebanon), Jerk Off Festival (Paris), December Dance Festival (Bruges - Belgium), A corner in the World Festival (Istanbul - Turkey), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels - Belgium), Center national de la danse (Pantin), Spring Festival (Amsterdam - Netherlands), Festival Latitudes contemporaines (Lille), Festival Far (Nyon - Switzerland), Festival URBAN! (Cologne - Germany), Bad Festival (Bilbao - Spain), Onassis Cultural Center (Athens - Greece), Next Festival (Valenciennes), Festival Trente Trente (Bordeaux), Festival Parallèle (Marseille), Centro 2 de Mayo (Madrid - Spain ), Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Oslo - Norway), Théâtre de l'Usine (Geneva - Switzerland), Xing (Bologna - Italy), Beursschouwburg (Brussels - Belgium), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna - Austria), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal - Canada ), Slovenian Dance Festival (Maribor - Slovenia), Kaserne Basel (Basel) Switzerland), Zodiak (Helsinki - Finland), Kampnagel (Hamburg - Germany), Sophiensaele (Berlin - Germany), Uzès Danse (Uzès), Alkantara (Lisbon - Portugal), Fondation Lafayette Anticipations (Paris), Center Georges Pompidou, (Paris) Tanzquartier (Vienna - Austria), Campo (Ghent - Belgium) ...
In 2020, in response to a commission from the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, they create Mowgli (premiere initially scheduled for May 2020 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and May 2021 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts due to the Covid 19 crisis), inspired by the jungle as an infinite territory at the crossroads of contemporary myths. Thanks to this project, new collaborators enrich their artistic universe : Eléna Tissier as a sound designer among others.
In 2021, they will create Natural Drama, the result of research initiated in 2018, which questions the notion of “Nature”. In addition to their creations, Sorour Darabi regularly gives workshops for advanced or professional artists / dancers, the last of which took place at the Hogeschool in Ghent (Belgium) in March 2020.
Sorour Darabi's projects are supported by Météores in production, development and touring.