Since 2007, Rad Hourani applies principles of architecture in inventing his gender neutral patterns and works from the visceral premise of how each costume will move through the wearer. Therefore, the filmed ensembles were crafted with movement in mind, and their transformative nature fully showcased through a choreographed performance, to allows the sculptures to evolve through dance. The implications of dance and its tribal roots allow for the body to be liberated from any constraints of dress and culture. As such, panels open up to allow the performers legs to spread, arms to raise in commanding gestures, moving up and down, in and out. While ceremonial togas and robes often restrict the wearer’s movement, Rad's gowns, coming alive, represent a liberated way to live and allow the wearer to feel as though they are their own ruler.


Through ritualistic expression, dance allows for energy to manifest in the performer, and for them to embody it. The hands move simply and steadily through forms that are boundless in their meaning yet suggest a fixed symbolism through their aesthetic and delivery. We leave the interpretation of these non-conventionalized and non-religous-specific gestures up to the viewer to manifest both individualistic thought and the realization of the power of personal expression beyond formal ritual. As the choreography progresses, we begin to notice the dancers’ controlled, stiff behavior loosen, creating a narrative of evolution and liberation. As the dancers’ energy flows through each other, their authority fades, nobility transforms into union of knowledge, hinting towards a more humanitarian ideal.

2:00 MIN