“…if I stay my soul will blister. I want to see the world. I want them to know about us. I want to see the beyond...” KISMET* explores issues of human identity, love, heritage, power, displacement, addictions, the environment, and our place in an unexpected world.

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KISMET* uses devised text, gesture and movement and digital art, taking influences from East and West. The work is trilingual (English, Farsi and Azeri) and includes choreographed movement sequences. It has been developed through a series of research processes in Scotland, Iran and England. There will be surtitles as well as projected dialogue incorporated into the design of the piece for each show. This is so that these communication support tools will work aesthetically as well as from an accessibility point of view. Gesture and movement are a key part of the production, with the creation process including extensive work on this area. This has included developing a vocabulary that allows us to present the work within different cultures (men and women do not touch in public in Iran, for example), and to ensure that we keep this especially developed vocabulary as part of the final script through the creation of an intercultural notation system. Over the course of the KISMET* creative development laboratories, we will work with a core group of actors based in Iran; during our work at Dance Base Edinburgh we integrated a number of UK based actors into the cast.