Uprisings in Iran come in waves. Again and again. But for the first time, women are dancing in the streets. The country banned them from dancing in 1979. Their headscarf, the hijab, falls. Their hands grab it like a flag in defiance. They set it on fire. Iran is in turmoil – a turmoil born out of hunger for food and freedom in a state that keeps its henchmen and inspectors alive with bureaucratic diligence. And its executioners.
Dancing in the streets for freedom of the theater
Why are all Iranian governments – past and present – so afraid of the theater? The army of censors controlling this art has not managed to kill theater over the past 117 years. Theater in Iran is not allowed to dance, it is not allowed to portray the people and certainly not the government and the rulers. What happens to theater and dance in times of upheaval?