A dance piece by Roshanak Morrowatian
Kites premiered on saturday 2nd of October during the Nederlandse Dansdagen 2021. An interdisciplinary dance performance by the Iranian-Maastricht choreographer Roshanak Morrowatian and her company Rover.
The concept of the work won the Prize of Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht in 2020. The jury was impressed by "the genuine emotion - the poetic honesty - that Roshanak puts in her work".
Kites takes the isolated space of a refugee camp as the starting point, a place where children grow up in a 'limbo' between past and future.
The audience, through the means of dance, image, music and text, is taken into the experience of a child growing up in a demarcated space and the quest for a place to call home.
Based on her own life, Roshanak Morrowatian processes memories and flashbacks. She investigates the physical traces of her journey to the Netherlands and the long procedure that followed after her arrival.
Roshanak developed Kites in the Danslab of SALLY Dansgezelschap Maastricht and VIA ZUID. She hopes the performance will activate the audience and create awareness in the refugee discussion.
Roshanak: “the journalist Behrouz Boochani sums up perfectly why I want to give the voice of children a place in the refugee debate with Kites 'What should be a debate about people – about human beings, about children and families – has been deliberately poisoned to become a debate about borders and security.'”