In September 2012, the Canadian government suspended diplomatic relations with Iran, closed the Canadian embassy in Iran and expelled all the diplomats. Later that week, I stood in front of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, dressed in traditional clothing, I offered tea to passersby. The individuals that accepted the tea offering where instructed on how to drink their tea and how to rest the sugar cube between their tongue and teeth. Some individuals asked if the performance was in response to government-imposed sanctions, while others sipped their tea unaware that they were engaging in a performance.
The performance tackles complex and serious issues but utilizes humour to prompt reflection. It highlights the performance of Persian hospitality. I wanted to extend this space and invite the community to participate in a dialogical encounter.