“To live successfully in a cosmopolitan society, we must develop skills to see another’s culture as our own.” Ahmad Sadri, folklorist
For years, folklorist Ahmad Sadri has been thinking about what it means to be caught between two value systems, a universal struggle that has created unexpected heroes across our history and fiction. He wanted to capture the exquisite drama of this moral borderland, but he wasn’t sure how.
“The enormity of it,” Ahmad says, “defies human language.” So, he turned to his friend Kayhan Kalhor, the playmate of his childhood in Tehran who had become a master of the kemancheh.
The five-part piece they conceived together is borne from collaborations across media, layering dance, video, puppetry, and recorded voice over Silkroad instruments to explore paragons of citizenship across time and space.
Like all of Silkroad’s work, Heroes explores the habits fundamental to living in a democratic society and an inclusive world: curiosity, empathy, and collaboration. Support Silkroad today.