© Afagh Morrowatian

Alphabeths of Flesh

Roshanak Morrowatian / Rover
Tue 15 Oct ’24 - Fri 18 Oct ’24
A poetic exploration of the body in diaspora.
Tue 15 Oct ’24
Fri 18 Oct ’24

In the dance performance Alphabets of Flesh, choreographer and dancer Roshanak Morrowatian makes you feel what it is like to be a body in diaspora. Together with dancer Mami Izumi, she envisions the fragmented experience of time and space of people who have left their native land. The here and there and the now and then merge into memories and dreams. 

What remains of your ancestry if you are displaced? What experiences – also from generations before you – are stored in your body? In a sensory journey through movements and images of the diaspora, Morrowatian searches for the feeling of home. Where and with whom is home? Can your body be your home? Do you need the past to define the ‘now’?  

With dance, language, music and video art, Alphabets of Flesh creates a temporary home in which differences are embraced and uprooting is a source of strength.


concept, direction and choreography Roshanak Morrowatian i.s.m. Mami Izumi dance Roshanak Morrowatian, Mami Izumi direction Nilay Ceber composition Rutger Zuydervelt light design Loes Schakenbos videography Laisvie Andrea Ochoa Gaevska scenography Isa Kasten costume design Mieke Kockelkorn art direction & photography Afagh Morrowatian production Stichting Rover coproduction ICK Dans Amsterdam, Korzo, DOX, Parkstad Limburg Theaters & Le Gymnase CDCN made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Provincie Limburg & Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

About the makers

Roshanak Morrowatian (Iran, 1989) obtained her BA in dance and MA in dance composition from Folkwang University of the Arts (D). She danced in the works of Marina Abramović, Pina Bausch, and Isabelle Beernaert, among others. In 2021, she founded dance company Rover together with Mami Izumi

Rover creates interdisciplinary dance performances based on the fervent desire for a more harmonious society. Unnoticed details, invisible people and forgotten stories are given a leading role in our performances. With her performance Kites , for example, she gave a voice to refugee children and with House of Strength she transformed a male, Persian tradition into a paragon of inclusion. Her work has been awarded the BNG Bank Dance Award and the Dutch Dance Days Award, among others.