The “Continuous” project has emerged from a series of performativity situations, from lecture-performances to multimedia installations. The project includes works that are either being made, revised, or in the process of testing their tryouts in front of an audience.
Leila Ahmadi Bahador Amirhosseini, Shahab Anousha/Mohsen Khedri, Raheleh Bahrami/Farnoush Allahverdi Nik, Kasraa Pashaaei, Saghar Hosseinpour, Arseh Performance Group, Farideh Barati/Rahele Taabodi, Naghmeh Manavi, Mahoor Mirshakkak.
By Arseh Group Theater
They began their performance by screening a video of their activities and rehearsals on Friday, February 14th 2020, from 4 to 6 pm. From 6 to 7 pm , they played a performance in which each member tells their own life story.
Some complete /incomplete narratives “About us” was firstly played at the Etefagh Cafe Festival, and later got performed in Continuous (Motavali) Multimedia Projects at Vali Art Gallery and Haft Honar theater in Karaj
The performance includes eight performers, and the general idea emanates from the performers’ desire to tell their sweet / bitter memories. This multimedia performance brings “bodies” and “words” together to create a similar situation to what is existing in the society where dominant discourses define the norms and standards. Whereas during the performance, he performers are the one that determine who has the right to speak has no right. It consequently leads to a sort of social exclusion of the right to speak by others. Narratives are expressed in different ways: some performers speak clearly and eloquently, some speak more obscure, some change their voice, some express their narration with the help of other performers, sometimes part of the narration is forgotten by the narrator, some of them become totally speechless. But do we listen to what they say carefully? Do we try to grasp the gist of their stories? These are the questions that the audiences ask themselves while watching the play. They also get invited to tell their stories. It always makes the situation much more relative and problematic.
Design and idea: Ali Asgari | Directors: Leila Jalalian, Hamidreza Hamidi | Advisor to the director: Miad Noohakhan | Assistant Director: Sajjad Taheri | Producer: Haft-e Tir Association for the Support of the Mentally Challenged peope.
Performers in alphabetical order: Ali Asgari, Mohammad Gholami Mayan, Hamidreza Habibi, Leila Jalalian, Zahra SafarAliKhani, Ehsan Salehi, AmirHossein TorabAhmadi, MohammadNavid Zabihi
Thanks to: Deniz Shirazi | Shahab Abbasi | Sara Jalalian | Mehdi Qarajeh Daghi | Lilian Mohammad Ali
Shahab Anusha | Mohsen Khedri
- Where does the space start and how do we comprehend it? How do we measure movement as related to the space? How can we manipulate the space?
- A large part of our knowledge about the space is generated by movement, both bodily movement and out interchanges with moving objects. On this basis one may say there is always a relation between our body and the space around it that binds them together.
Understanding this relation is our part of the “Motavali” project in the space of the “Vaali” Art Gallery.
Mohsen Khedri ,born in 1990, Saghez, is an Iranian dancer and choreographer. A Tehran university of Art graduate, theater directing, MA. He started his artistic career in 2009 as a theater actor and has been working in the field of contemporary dance since 2015.
Shahab Anousha(1985), performance artist from Tehran, lives in Berlin. Active as performer, dramaturge and choreographer in the independent scene. Graduate of Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg. Co-founder of the performance collective tehran re:public.
“The possible” is a lecture-performance studying power relation in parenthood.
Naghmeh Manavi approaches genetics, neuroscience, and the facts of her personal experience as procedures to explain her views on political and social authority.
Kasraa Paashaaie is a graduate of composing from Tehran Conservatory of Music. He has been performing sound art since 2010. Since then, he has pursued composing in the field of contemporary music and electronic music. He composes and designs sound for visual mediums, performances, contemporary dance, theater and film.
[The event canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.] It is a lecture performance that describes the process of a long-term project in an accurate and honest way through stories, pictures and videos.
The project being narrated is a practice-based research process that has been done by me and cooperation of Forough Jalilian also with the support of many friends in different stages of the work, in a period of about two years.
We produced, recorded, and examined a physical situation in different specific locations of busy public spaces. It was always willing to invite passers-by and audiences as well as performers to a momentary encounter.
Saghar Hosseinpour (Iran) was born in Tehran on January 7, 1986. She was about 19 when she began to dance in a very amateur experimental way while she was studying economics at the university. The possibility to travel and working with several artists in the form of workshops, residencies and research along with the experience of living in a multi layered society full of barriers are factors around her area of interest that led her to oppose and ask questions about the act of Dancing. Soon after she started a practice based research project to define her own proposal about it, that has continued to this day and parts of it have been shared with the audience in the form of performance too. Her field of practice and research is somewhere in-between Dance and Urban Architecture. She proposes making an unpredictable physical situation by functionality of momentary confrontation as a way to emerge dance simultaneously for the dancer and for the spectator. This also makes her eager to manipulate the imagined and built public spaces and design a new space for passing bodies. These days she is involved with the concept of ‘’space’’ even deeper and continues her work with questions such as: How does motion produce space? Is it possible to create space while playing? Instead of imagining a space to play, then create it?
Raheleh Bahrami and Farnoush Allahverdi Nik consider their performance a kind of “Definition-Relations-Re-definition”.
Raheleh Bahrami (1989) is a performer and graphic artist. Her projects are an attempt to raise questions about the body in relation to different contexts.
Farnoosh Allahvardi Nik (1989) has graduated as an architect. In her projects, she engages in concrete questioning and investigation on the relations between the motion, body, and architectural space.
There is no rule set for listening to the documentary pieces.”
In this project, three audio documentaries are presented. Two of the pieces are the result of a combination of ambient sounds inside and outside of the gallery, and the third piece is eight minutes of sound that is the result of following a blind man singing in the Qaisaria Bazaar in Isfahan.
* To experience this pieces, their link on sound cloud is still available:
Mahoor Mirshakkak as a freelance multimedia artist and film maker, received her bachelor’s degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran University, in 2015 and professionally works as a film sound designer, since 2018.
Farideh Barati/ Raheleh Ta’abodi