Kites photo by Afagh Morrowatian 0.1

“The jury is impressed by the sincere emotion - the poetic honesty - that Roshanak puts into her work. If there's anyone who can tell this story, it's her. Through its burning reality, combined with the poetic approach of its maker, Kites definitely deserves its place on Dutch stages.”

Dutch Dance Days Jury Prize


What is it like to have to flee your homeland at a young age and grow up in an asylum seekers' centre, in a ‘limbo’ between past and future? Kites is a visual, interdisciplinary solo that takes the audience into the experiences of a child on the run.

Based on her own life, choreographer Roshanak Morrowatian investigates the physical traces of being on the run and the long procedure after arriving in a new country. Through memories and flashbacks, she shares her own experiences and those of children with a similar past. A hyper-actual dance performance that makes tangible why children must have a voice in the refugee debate.

Concept, choreography and dance: Roshanak Morrowatian
Artistic assistance and production: Mami Izumi
Video: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa Gaevska
Music: Rutger Zuydervelt
Costume: Julina Vanille Bezold
Light design: Jean-Lou Caglar
Dramaturgic advice: Nicole Beutler

Production: Rover
Coproduction: Nederlandse Dansdagen, SALLY Dansgezelschap Maastricht, schrit_tmacher, VIA ZUID – Talentontwikkeling podiumkunsten Limburg

(Financial) support: Brand Cultuurfonds, Stichting Elisabeth Strouven, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Proeftuin Dans: Right Now!, Norma Corona Fonds, We Are Public, VSBfonds

Special thanks to: Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen, Mahnaz Heygharnejadi, Abbas and Afagh Morrowatian, Moos Pozzo