Mami Izumi (JP) & Roshanak Morrowatian (IR)

The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we’d probably go to war.

Stanley Crouch


Polished is a contemporary dance performance about politeness and etiquette. Mami Izumi and Roshanak Morrowatian explore the unwritten rules of decorum and recognisable behavioural patterns. They dissect these elements and express them in dancing phrases, stillness, and more mundane actions. As if in a collage, the dancers paint a figurative picture of their own experiences and heritage. The piece emphasises a longing for harmony and consciousness in our daily actions.

Mami Izumi was born in Kobe (Japan) and studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. She moved to Maastricht in 2015, where she worked with GOTRA / Joost Vrouenraets and danced in various choreographies by GOTRA. Cotton (2017) was Mami’s first own choreography, followed by Blind Walk (2018).

Roshanak Morrowatian, originally from Iran, graduated as a dancer from the Folkwang Dance Studio in Essen (Germany) in 2014. She danced in pieces by Pina Bausch, Isabelle Beernaert, Marina Abramović, Alexis Blake, and Joost Vrouenraets. She also makes her own work, such as Hips don’t lie (2018) and Walk to the 10 (2017).

Polished was created with support from VIA ZUID, Talentontwikkeling in de podiumkunsten Limburg (an organisation devoted to developing young talent in performing arts) and the ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond.