Grandmother’s Drum by Sashar Zarif, is a ritual of sound and movement that explores the concept of ownership versus stewardship of home as it is practiced in nomadic culture.
The work is in the contemporary style of Maugham, informed by the Sufi and Shamanic transformation ritual from Central and Western Asia, and is related to Islamic Cultures. The influences are rooted in the artist’s nomadic ancestry.
“I spent my early formative years by my 94-year-old grandmother and her ever present hand drum, ‘the door to the spirit world’ as she called it. My grandmother taught me about life through stories accompanied by dances and songs. The ritual was about the body and breath, earthing and airing. It was about being the story and as she would say ‘we are the story, and our job is not to tell our story, our mission in this life is to be the story my son.’
This solo is inspired by the responsibility I feel to bring these stories together, merge them with the world we live in now, and share with others the transformations I have experienced.”
Choreographer / Performer
Sashar Zarif is an internationally renowned performing artist, educator, and researcher. For the last three decades Zarif has toured across forty countries; and has spent his professional life promoting cultural dialogue through intensive fieldwork, residencies, performances, and creative collaborations.Read more + Read less -
His award-winning, multi-disciplinary dance projects are steeped in the artistry and history of traditional, ritualistic, and contemporary dance and music of the Central Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African regions. Zarif is committed to developing his own practice, grounded in a deep, mystical connection to dance. His creative approach Living Stories / Moving Memories explores the physical, mental and emotional aspects of memory.
Sound Design: Sashar Zarif
Composition and Arrangements: Sashar Zarif
Costume Design: Sashar Zarif
Creative Facilitator: Katherine Duncanson