There is a Portal
Written & Performed by Kayhan Irani
Directed by Rania Lee Khalil
Video Art by Gazelle Samizay
Music and Sound Composition by Bahar Royaee
"Del Beh Del Rah Dareh ... From one heart to another there is a portal."
There is a Portal is Kayhan Irani’s latest multimedia performance and social justice education project which reimagines belonging, place, and human connection in a divided world. Using intimate storytelling, lush visuals and participatory theater Irani recreates and embodies her journey of displacement and the search for home in four parts: Loss, Hatred, Regret, and Closeness. Sharing memories of the Iranian revolution and ancient family tales of migration she offers a glimpse into personal and political cycles of displacement, violence, and finding home.
There is a Portal also invites the audience to tell their own stories, both during the performance and in structured post-show storytelling. Audience members weave a web of interconnected stories and histories to unearth the power of our human ties and create new definitions of belonging.
Despite xenophobic narratives and a culture of extreme fear, hatred is being met with rising desires for humanity and a shared commitment to justice.
There is a Portal is a powerful arts-based tool for change that engages with political realities and connects us to each other.