Improvised Iranian dance, by Banafsheh Amiri in 2017. Danced to the Dashti song ‘Bebar-Ey-Baroon’ (Pour, O Rain); Kayhan Kalhor (Composer). Mohadamdreza Shajariyan (Vocalist). Ali Moalem-Damghani (Poet). Baroonis an improvisational dance peace which draws on the rituals and expressive movements. It is interpreted through Iranian contemporary and traditional dance technique. The motion illustrates the expression of the mourning, suffering, and frustration of Iran. The wail comes from a woman who is mourning for the loss of children who died due to facing disasters, or fighting against cultural, political and economical crises.
Avāz-e Dashti is naturally mournful and gloomy. On the one hand, it is traditionally used for Ta’ziyeh (a genre in Iranian Theater in which the religious music of mourning is an essential element), on the other hand, it evokes the feeling of lullabies and local songs. During Bam earthquake occurred in 2003, I used to listen to this wonderful Tasnif by Mohammad Reza Shajarian, an Iranian great Master of traditional music. Weeping unintentionally and repeating the song:’’ Pour, O rain, pour, [Rain] on the burning scars of the unburied fallen lovers, O rain’’, I could picture the image of my fellows. Immediately whisper the song of Baroon and start dancing by visualizing the moments that unfortunately are repeated in my mind every so often; dancing and illustrating this common pain has been my artistic tool, my voice to express my sympathy with the intention of bringing global attention and support towards my homeland.