September 2019


Sussan Deyhim: Performance and Practice

In conversation with Dr Sussan Babaie


© Sussan Deyhim, ‘Dawn of the Cold Season’, 2015


Date & Time

Tuesday 5th November




The Courtauld Institute of Art

Vernon Square 

London WC1X 9EW


Organised by

Iran Heritage Foundation and the Courtauld Institute, in association with independent curator Vali Mahlouji.


Sussan Deyhim will present a mix of her recent and earlier works with media stage production, performance and vocal clips. Her conversation will touch on her strong sense of cultural rootedness while pushing the boundaries of the expected and inventing the familiar in the unexpected.


Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian American composer, vocalist, performance artist and activist. Internationally known for her invention of a unique sonic/vocal language, Deyhim performed her ground-breaking, experimental operatic work at La Mama and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the 1980s in New York. As a young teenager, she joined the Iranian National Ballet Company and studied with Iranian master folk musicians and dancers before winning a coveted admission into the Bejart Ballet in 1976.  Her wide range of vocal and performance projects include collaborations with Shirin Neshat, U2, and Richard Horowitz, among others. Her solo exhibition, ‘Dawn of the Cold Season’, was supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship in 2015 while her acclaimed The House is Black Media Project, inspired by Forough Farrokhzad’s poetry and life, was premiered that same year at CAP/UCLA Royal Hall. She is currently working on a sonic visual installation called ‘Forbidden Echoes’.


The House is Black Media Stage Production 

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