My Paradoxical Knives
Dialogue and reception with collaborator Frederick Rodriguez and curator Ashley Ferro-Murray
October 31, 2017 — Due to visa processing delays stemming from current federal immigration policy, Ali Moini will not be able to enter the US for his performance on November 9th. To honor his absence, the set of My Paradoxical Knives will be installed in the EMPAC lobby on Nov. 9. Please join us at 7:30PM for a Skype conversation with Moini and collaborator Fred Rodriguez.
Drawing on Persian cultural tradition, Ali Moini's My Paradoxical Knives includes poetry by the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi and movements reminiscent of the Sufi whirling dervish. Diverging from this tradition, Moini performs in a costume made of straps that connect metal knives to his body like appendages or prostheses. As Moini spins and sings, the knives ascend and point toward the audience as if to ask: What happens when poems are cut loose and become dangerous? What is a safe distance between the audience and the performer? How close can you get to someone who comes from a different culture?
Ali Moini is an Iranian performer and choreographer who lives and works in Paris, France. Moini has a background in lyrical singing and music composition and studied theater in Tehran at Soureh High Educational University and as a member of Mehr Theater Group. Moini also studied at Forum Dança Lisbon and has a masters from the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine. He has shown his work internationally in Tehran, Lisbon, Paris, and New York City, at theaters including Theatre National de Chaillot and New York Live Arts.