Rage, Rhythm, Renaissance: Performances of/in the Ongoing Iranian Revolution

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Please join the Performance Studies Department on Monday, November 21st from 7-9pm ET for Rage, Rhythm, Renaissance: Performances of/in the Ongoing Iranian Revolution a panel discussion featuring scholars and artists Yasamin Rezai, Aida Shirazi and Nazanin Noroozi. This panel was curated and will be moderated by PS Alum Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo (MA ‘17).

The panel will discuss how Iranian youth, particularly women, are transforming everyday activities into performative manifestations of rebellion as they lead the current Iranian revolution. Using their expertise, each panelist outlines different aspects of the phenomenon, illustrating how performance has been a critical driving force in this revolt. Yasamin will explore the relationality of the body and the urban space; and how women, whose bodies have been restricted and objectified by mandatory hijab laws, are now reclaiming the city through their simple and brave gestures of disobedience. Aida will discuss the role music has played in this uprising and the ephemeral sounds of the revolution. Nazanin will examine the performance practices developed and placed at universities around the country, as well as the dialogue between campuses and the streets.


This event is open to the general public. Reserving a ticket in advance is REQUIRED. Please use the event link above to book a ticket before 4pm of the day of the event. 

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This event will also be available as a webinar on zoom. 


Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo (she/they) is a transdisciplinary scholar and artist based in NYC who explores discourses around displacement and identity. She earned a MA in Performance Studies from New York University (2017), and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University at Buffalo (2016). Her last performance at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Neurodivergent Pickling, was featured in Nafas exhibition in Brooklyn, NY. Apart from Performances of the Iranian Revolution, Niyoosha is also working on two other research projects: Data Performance and Afro-Iranian Performance.

Nazanin Noroozi is a multimedia artist incorporating moving images, printmaking and alternative photography processes to reflect on notions of collective memory, displacement and uncertainty. Noroozi’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the Immigrant Artist Biennial, Noyes Museum of Art, NY Live Arts, Prizm Art Fair, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (film & video), Marabeth Cohen-Tyler Fellowship at Dieu Donne’, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Mass MoCA residency (MA). She is an editor at large of Kaarnamaa, a Journal of Art History and Criticism. Noroozi completed her MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute. Her works have been featured in various publications and media including BBC News Persian, Elephant Magazine, Financial Times, and Brooklyn Rail.

Yasamin Rezai (she/they/او) is a polyglot actor, social media scholar and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) at the University of Miami. Her academic work is focused on the intersection of New Media Studies and Performance Studies and employing Digital Humanities tools and data-driven approaches. Her research is focused on instapoetry, data culture and justice, online activism, especially #metoo in Iran. She is the co-founder of Instasociety.org, an open-access research resource exploring how social media changes popular culture. Yasamin’s works have appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly and Critical Studies in Media Communication, and her research was presented at conferences by Cultural Studies Association and Modern Languages Association.

Aida Shirazi, born and raised in Tehran, Iran, is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Shirazi’s music is described as ”unfolding with deliberation” by The New York Times, “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker, and “unusually creative” by San Francisco Classical Voice. In her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra, and electronics, she mainly focuses on timbre for organizing structures inspired by Persian and English languages and literature. Shirazi’s music has been featured at festivals and concert series, including Manifeste, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, OutHear New Music Week, MATA, New Music Gathering, Direct Current, Taproot, and Tehran Contemporary Music Festival in venues such as Maison de la Radio France, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Her works are performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Miranda Cuckson, International Contemporary Ensemble, Oerknal, Quince Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Sarah Cahill, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, among others.  Shirazi holds a Ph.D. in composition and music theory from the University of California, Davis. She is a 2022 graduate of IRCAM’s “Cursus Program in Composition and Computer Music.” Shirazi holds a B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and a B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran.) She has studied santoor (traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.