Cain and Abel

 

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. […] And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
— The Bible, Genesis

 

Cain and Abel explores the idea of jealousy and sibling rivalry, which leads to fratricidal violence, fuelled 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 a full-length piece. 

Directed and Performed by Arash and Aryo Khakpour

Sound and music by Alex Mah

Lights by Parjad Sharifi and Sophie Tang

Costume by Elika Mojtabaei

Photo by Angel Lynne and Sepehr Samimi

Video Documentation: Sepehr Samimi, Amirnaeim Hosseini, Ryder Thomas White

Past collaborators of this piece: Eric Chad and Taylor Janzen

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

 


Past Performances:

Scotia Dance centre: Public studio showings of the second half took place in Vancouver, B.C. on March 17th and 18th, 2017.

Upcoming Performances:

Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver) - Oct 3 - 6, 2018 - Premiere

Montreal, Arts Interculturels (Montreal) - Dec 6 and 7, 2018

 

  Photos by  Angel Lynne

Photos by Angel Lynne