The climate will change. Regimes will change. Flags will change. Frames of viewing will change, and so must self expression and perception. How do we express agency in a world where one’s body has been framed in a particular racial discourse? How Do We Dress for the Weather is the sixth installment of Waking Up Iranian American. Waking Up Iranian American is an autoethnographic work and series of performative interventions focused on the ways cultural exchange develops between a performer and a participant. These performances create a space where people are invited to participate in discussions about being between cultures, nationalism, and Iranophobia, so that we might move beyond antiquated notions of free and oppressed. In this sense, the dialogical framework of the performances is a form of collaboration and, in its broadest sense, a key to changing power relationships between performers and participants. In Waking Up Iranian American, intimacy is used as a strategy to counteract the positioning cultures of fear intend to create.
The performance is durational and will take place throughout Westwood Gardens Park. No previous dance or movement training is necessary. Participants will be guided through simple steps in a carefree atmosphere. Join as a participant or a spectator.
- Image Credit: Zoya Sardashti How Do We Dress for the Weather?