Soft Teeth (2019) is an experimental video that explores the idea of a mutable body through the interaction of costume design, choreography, and video effects. A laboratory of digital and choreographic fusion, Soft Teeth is an attempt to illustrate the queer idea of an unstable and continually emergent identity through fantastical characters who merge, transform, and digitize.
Director and writer: Zahra Shahab
Producer: Arya Hawker
Dancers: Diego Romero, Hayley Gawthrop
Sound Design: Roxanne Nesbitt
Costume Design: Ileanna Cheladyn, Zahra Shahab
Zahra is an independent dance artist and choreographer living on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people (Vancouver, Canada). She is a graduate of the University of Calgary School of Performing Arts and the Modus Operandi Dance Training Program. Often creating costume design or installation elements alongside choreography, her work looks to the fantastical to imagine alternative queer futures and ways of being that exist beyond white supremacy. Her practice examines the multiplicity of characters that we use to adapt to the world both as a tool for survival as well as portals of expansion into ways of being that are beyond our cultures normative script. She has presented choreographic work/experimental films in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
Web page: shahabibi.com
Interview to Zahra Shahab , talking about her creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.