For 2020, audiences can join Sheba Arts to witness the powerful tale of Iranian women fighting for freedom in Women of Freedom Square at King Arms Salford on Thursday 30 January, 7.30pm.
The show sprung from 2018’s Journeys Festival International Manchester, an annual Festival platforming the work of refugee and asylum seeker arts. The Festival supported an intensive 5-day performance laboratory for young women aged 18-27 from refugee backgrounds. In partnership with Sheba Arts and HOME Manchester, this culminated in a sharing event to explore the work devised with writer and performer, Fereshteh Mozaffari and writing facilitator, Dipali Das.
This work was then developed for the 2019 edition of the Festival into two events, called Dance Away The Spiders. The first, a sharing event at HOME Manchester followed by a Q&A. The second, a public performance during the Festival’s annual music event, Journeys Live, in the splendour of Cathedral Gardens.
Now all this hard work has come together for the imaginative and empowered performers to present the moving Women of Freedom Square. It platforms the fearlessness of Iranian women as they defy oppressive rules and is inspired by Blue Girl: a woman who set herself alight in Tehran after her trial for attempting to enter a football stadium disguised as a man.
While 2019 may have seen Iran finally lift its ban on women entering a stadium in 40 years, all can join in on appreciating how these freedoms were won and how much further there is to go.
Tickets are £6 and can be bought here.
Writers and performers: Geli Berg, Anahita M.khani, Sepideh Z, Ladan Rezaie, Amir Kh, Afsaneh Rezwanian
Drama Facilitators: Dipali Das, Emmanuel bajiiji, Fereshteh Mozaffari
Choreographer: Aida Foroutan
Dramaturg: Fereshteh Mozaffari