Cain and Abel

Oct 3-6
Wed-Sat @8pm

The Biting School – a meeting ground for dance theatre and performance art.


“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. […] And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother,  and slew him.”
– The Bible, Genesis


The inspiration for this work is the biblical story of Cain and Abel. This show explores the idea of jealousy and sibling rivalry which leads to fratricidal violence, fueled by the patriarchal society we inhabit. Performed in two parts, the first half of the show is highly physical, aggressive in rhythm and stereotypically masculine, while the second half of the show is a reaction to the absence of women from the biblical story. Inspired by Jean Genet’sThe Maids, the work is a study of Cain and Abel as two sisters.

Arash and Aryo Khakpour Image by Sepehr Samimi

Directed and Performed by Arash and Aryo Khakpour

Sound and Music by Alex Mah

Lights and Projection (First Half) by Parjad Sharifi

Lights (Second Half) by Sophie Tang

Costumes by Elika Mojtabaei

Stage Management by Heather Barr


Photos by Angel Lynne, Sepehr Samimi, and Sheng Ho

Video Documentation: Sepehr Samimi, Amirnaeim Hosseini, Ryder Thomas White, and Sofia Wolfe

Past collaborator on this piece: Eric Chad

Produced by The Biting School