in plain sight
Award-winning and independent Iranian artist Tanin Torabi works in the realm of performance, choreography, and film. Tanin's films have been honored numerously by renowned festivals and academies worldwide. Coming from a sociology background, she holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. She has received various awards in categories like Creative Vision Award, Jury Prize, Best Artist Film, Best Short Film, Best Inspirational Film, Best Inspiring Woman in a Film, Best Experimental Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Documentary, etc. Her works have been described as rebellious, creative, inspiring, unbearably elegant and affecting, emblematic and poignant, empowering to women, and nourished with clarity and an exceptional ambition that is layered with a complexity of personal and cultural nuance, by festival directors. In 2020 she was invited to the board of jury members of Dance Camera West festival in Los Angeles after serving the same role in Jacksonville Dance Film Festival in 2019.
Torabi’s most recent works are In Plain Sight, The Dérive, Invisible Point, Ruby, Beyond the Frames, and Immensity. Alongside her filmmaking, Tanin has choreographed a number of solo performances performed in Irish World Academy lunchtime concerts, Elemental Arts Festival, What Next Dance Festival, Limerick Fringe and Culture Night Limerick. Moreover, theatre directors and their audiences have widely valued her contribution to theatre pieces as a Movement Director, and Choreographer in "Milk Powder" and "We Won't See them No More" in Iran. Tanin has also danced in ensemble pieces by choreographers: John Scott (IRE), Helen Cathala (FR), Maurine Fleming(US), Charlie Morrissey (UK) during her stay in Ireland, and has had some collaborations with Heidi Latsky Dance from New York. Since 2020, Tanin has become one of the members of The School of Hard Knocks dance company directed by the renowned NYC based choreographer Yoshiko Chuma. Her first collaboration with Yoshiko Chuma was in the company’s online show series called SML (Saturday Morning Live)- Zooma: Dead End, commissioned by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Plain Sight is the result of months of exploring urban movements on a boulevard in Tehran, Iran. In a society where many questions and restrictions exist around the concept of ‘movement’, three performers interact with their surroundings and thus become an integral part of the flow of the city. They accompany each other to find the power of collective movement. The journey is the destination.