Cain and Abel
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 and Projection (First Half) by Parjad Sharifi
Lights (Second Half) by Sophie Tang
Costumes by Elika Mojtabaei
Stage Management by Heather Barr
Photos by Angel Lynne, Sepehr Samimi, and Sheng Ho
Video Documentation: Sepehr Samimi, Amirnaeim Hosseini, Ryder Thomas White, and Sofia Wolfe
Past collaborator on this piece: Eric Chad
Produced by The Biting School
This project was created with the support of:
Canada Council for the Arts
Firehall Arts Centre
Canada Dance Festival
And a studio residency through battery opera performance at hopbopshop
Special Thanks: Mariana Mohammadiazad, Dr. Ahmad Khakpour; Lee Su-Feh, David McIntosh, DD Kugler, Raina von Waldenburg, Heather Lamoureux, Majid Tehrani, Donna Spencer (and Dancing on the Edge), Stephen White (and Dance Days Victoria), Mirna Zagar (and Dance in Vancouver), and Jeanne Holmes (and Canada Dance Festival).
Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver Premiere) - Oct 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2018
Montreal, Arts Interculturels (Montreal Premiere) - Dec 7 and 8, 2018
Scotia Dance centre: Public studio showings of the second half took place in Vancouver, B.C. on March 17th and 18th, 2017.