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Feb252012

Review of Fresh Tracks Performance ~ written by Quinn Batson

Excerpt of review by Quinn Batson

"What begins as a solo dance with recognizable Persian and Middle Eastern movements and energy — beautifully soft hands and wrists, long hair flung dramatically, lower body rooted like a tree — takes a big twist when Sahar Javedani suddenly speaks. "I love America" delivered happily and heartily first and then with more and more distress, sounds at first like "I love Emiko" in her heavily accented pronunciation. The poignancy of this shift is then hammered home with a really funny and half-confusing computer slideshow illustrating how Sahar, as a typical Iranian girl, is or wants to be "just like you." All the imagery is of Iran and Iranians, including, briefly, President Ahmadinejad ("how the fuck did he get in there" is Javedani's reaction). The whole piece occupies an area of comic limbo where it's never completely clear what is genuine and what is satirical, from the heavily accented English to the commentary to the dance solo itself, though clearly Javedani is one sharp woman. in the Middle, somewhat aggravated works well on multiple levels."

Original Article:

http://www.offoffoff.com/dance/2009/fresh_tracks_2009.php

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