Cain and Abel


Cain and Abel explores the idea of jealousy and sibling rivalry, which leads to fratricidal violence, fueled by the patriarchal society we inhabit. The inspiration for this work is the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Here we studied the depiction and sensation of killing one’s brother in different contexts. The first half of the show is highly physical, aggressive in rhythm and stereotypically masculine, which is based on the biblical story of Cain and Abel. The second half of the show is a reaction to the absence of women from the biblical story. Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Maids, the work is a study of Cain and Abel as two sisters.

With the support of the Canada Council For the Arts, Cain and Abel is expanded into a full-length piece. Public studio showings of the second half took place in Vancouver, B.C. on March 17th and 18th, 2017.

Directed and Performed by Arash and Aryo Khakpour

Sound and music by Alex Mah

Lights by Sophie Tang

Costume by Elika Mojtabaei

Photo by Angel Lynne

Documentation: Ryder Thomas White 


Past collaborators of this piece: Parjad Sharifi, Eric Chad, Taylor Janzen, and Sepehr Samimi

Special thanks: Canada Council for the Arts, Su-Feh Lee, Stephen White (and Dance Days Victoria), Donna Spencer (and Dancing on the Edge), Mirna Zagar (and Dance in Vancouver), and David McIntosh (and battery opera).

 Photos by  Angel Lynne   

Photos by Angel Lynne