New Works Presents

Zahak, the Serpent King

The Biting School
November 30, December 1 & 2 | 8pm
The Annex (823 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC)

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Join The Biting School for the world premiere of Zahak, the Serpent King this fall.

So the story goes…
Zahak was a prince who made a pact with the devil and killed his own father. The devil kissed him on the shoulders and there grew two snakes. The two snakes gave him so much pain and fear; but every time he cut them off, they would grow again. He is told there’s only one way he can calm them down, and that is to kill two young men every day and feed their brains to the snakes.

Inspired by this Persian myth, directors Aryo and Arash Khakpour invite audiences into a mesmerizing world of physical theatre, dance, surrealist imagery, slippery snakes and transformation.

About The Biting School

The Biting School is a company led by brothers Aryo and Arash Khakpour. The Biting School has been presented at Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance Days Victoria, rEvolver Festival, Dance in Vancouver, VIDF, Firehall Arts Centre, Montreal Arts Interculturels, and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The company is based in Vancouver, Canada, and was founded as a meeting ground for dance, theatre and performance art.

Drawing from histories, myths, and philosophical inquiries, The Biting School explores social dynamics, historical roots, and political issues on a physical and visceral level. The company aims to translate the anxiety, the grotesque, the trauma, and the beauty of our time into the language of the flesh. The Biting School creates works that are ethically engaging, physically demanding, theatrically bold, and rhythmically humorous.

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Directors: Aryo Khakpour and Arash Khakpour
Performers: Mia Pelayo, Andy Kalirai and Audrey Sides
Video Projection Designer: Candelario Andrade Gutierrez
Costume Designer: Elika Mojtabaei
Composer and Musician: Alex Mah
Props and Set Designer: Hamidreza Jadid
Lighting Designer and Technical Director: Jonathan Kim
Dramaturgs: Majid Sajadi Tehrani and Elysse Cheadle

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, BC Gaming Grants and in partnership with New Works.

Research Phase Creative Team in 2019:
Created by Arash and Aryo Khakpour in collaboration with: Alex Mah, Billy Marchenski, Candelario Andrade Gutierrez, Chu-Lynne Ng, Elika Mojtabaei, Elysse Cheadle, Hamidreza Jadid, Jonathan Kim, Majid Sajadi Tehrani, Nazli Akhtari, Raina von Waldenburg, and Zahra Shahab.
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and through The Dance Centre's Artist-in-Residence program.

Photo: Top and middle photo by Luciana D'Anunciacao.