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The daughter of the Prophet Mohammad, wife of Ali and mother of his only two descendants, Hasan and Hussein, Fatima is one of the most venerated women in Islam.Inspired by public rituals of religious devotion like Ashoura – when some Shiites mourn the death of Ali's son Hussein with tears and self-flagellation – as well as wedding and funeral rites, Chahrour worked with the two performers to create a 50-minute performance that evokes the passion, anger, love and sorrow provoked by the death of a loved one.Chahrour, who studied contemporary dance and has previously directed two performances starring professional dancers, says that he had to take a different approach when directing Hamido and Rafei, neither of whom trained as dancers.As the two women move together, Hamido exudes anger, strength and determination, while Rafei appears more vulnerable, as though weighed down by sorrow.Asked if the performance aims to explore grief as it is experienced and expressed by women, or people generally, the team hesitates to reply.During the performance Hamido and Rafei are dressed in simple black garments.
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