Ballet Helped Me Reclaim My Identity as a Queer Iranian
Imagination could only take me so far. I was ready to dance—and this time my mom couldn’t say no.
They looked different, like their bodies were made of silk and elastic. I wanted to be one of them.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theme and Variations
It was as if I, too, was in a dream—like those times I got high in my car and imagined myself up on stage, moving freely, as my true self.
Arya Roshanian (he/him/his) is a writer based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Variety, BOMB magazine, Catapult, and Opera News. He is a graduate of University of Southern California, where he served as an editor at the Daily Trojan. He is currently writing a collection of short stories, but please don't remind him about it.
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