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Suddenly Slaughter

Showing on January 25–26, 2019

Playing at Russian Hall


The Biting School (Canada)

From PuSh Artists-in-Residence The Biting School comes this take on a major work of Iranian theatre. Abbas Nalbandian’s 1971 Suddenly, This God Lover Died in the Love of God, This God Slain Died by the Sword of God was too radical for acceptance in its home country; bringing it to Vancouver is an act of resurrection. The text is centred on a communal house in one of Tehran’s poor areas, and it’s a trenchant examination of greed, envy and animus.

Local siblings Aryo and Arash Khakpour have been… pushing the bounds of performance in physically extreme ways. —The Georgia Straight

Here the play is staged in a corridor, with action occurring at both ends—at times, audiences must choose where to look. There are scenes in which the work is interpreted through physicality and gesture, and others that are more conventionally theatrical; the creators also employ an original soundscape and lighting design. With Suddenly Slaughter, they honour Nalbandian’s radical ethic by altering his vision; this wildly creative adaptation is not an act of violation but one of tribute.


The Biting School are PuSh’s 2019 Artists-in-Residence, this work is in development.

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Artist Bio

The Biting School (Canada)

Rendering the abstract in physical terms, The Biting School creates works of major visceral power. Its members are brothers Arash and Aryo Khakpour, and their work emerges from collaboration with friends and colleagues. The company has staged its work across the Lower Mainland and made waves in the national arts scene; Vancouver audiences can expect more wild invention from them in the near future.


Russian Hall

600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver


January 25–26
75 minutes, no intermission

(Jan 25–26)

(Jan 26)


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CREATORS Arash and Aryo Khakpour PERFORMERS Ashley Aron, Elissa Hanson, Billy Marchenski, Victor Mariano, Zahra Shahab LIGHTING DESIGNER Jonathan Kim COSTUME DESIGNER Elika Mojtabaei MUSICIAN, SOUND DESIGNER Roxanne Nesbitt DRAMATURG David McIntosh STAGE MANAGER Zoe Bellis TRANSLATED BY Aryo Khakpour TRANSLATION DRAMATURG DD Kugler PHOTOGRAPHER Angel Lynne VIDEOGRAPHER Chris Randle LIGHTING AND PROJECTION DESIGNER DURING RESEARCH PHASE Parjad Sharifi SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, The Dance Centre Dance Lab