May 20th, 2020.
Saz-E Tanha (translated as "the only instrument") began as a collaboration between Carissa Songhorian and composer and musician, Misaq Eshaghi. After being approached by Eshaghi to create a dance film that would best represent his new track played in the Persian Kamancheh, Songhorian sought to find deeper meaning through movement - especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
With no crew to assist with filming, lighting, costuming, or a dancer to perform due to social distancing, Songhorian had to discover new ways to self-film. After multiple takes, what was originally meant to be an interpretation of the music, became a personal discovery about the mental stresses of being confined indoors, of job insecurity, and fear of death during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choreography, Direction, Performance
Lighting, Cinematography, Costume