text and direction Amir Reza Koohestani
with Mona Ahmadi, Saeid Changizian, Leyli Rashidi and Juliette Rezai
scenography and paintings Shahryar Hatami
video creation Davoud Sadri and Ali Shirkhodaei
light creation Xavier Lauwers
sound creation Ankido Darash
costumes Shima Mirhamidi
director’s assistants Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh and Mohammad Khaksari
construction of the set Kopspel (Antwerp)
show in Persian with supertitles
production Mehr Theatre Group coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival d’Avignon, Festival delle Colline Torinesi / Fondazione TPE, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Münchner Kammerspiele, La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse, Théâtre populaire romand – Centre neuchâtelois des arts vivants, La Chaux-de-Fonds
with the support of ONDA (The French office for contemporary performing arts circulation) in French speaking countries.
World premiere at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (KVS Box) on the 22nd May 2018.
Production managers Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh and Pierre Reis
Company and tour management Pierre Reis
Three people. A painter, a school supervisor, a young mother.
A school yard. A merry-go-round.
Nine months. Three seasons. No summer.
The painter and the school supervisor once lived together. Then they split up because the painter wanted to live by his art, come what may, but his paintings didn’t sell. The supervisor wanted to have a baby before it was too late. Neither of them managed to start over again. Living alone was cheaper all the same. He took a 40 square meter flat, she went back to live with her father after her mother’s death.
School heads have recently been given the right to set their own tuition fees. The head of this school has decided that to justify the price rise, she’ll have the school redecorated and propose new activities for the students. The supervisor has been put in charge of the redecorating.
Since she doesn’t know anybody in Tehran, she thinks of the painter. His job is to paint over the slogans and maxims that have covered the walls of the school yard ever since the Revolution 20 years ago, and to replace them with some paintings and more up-to-date inscriptions. After whitewashing the walls, he has two months to finish the job. But the work drags on. Money is short, the painter is taking his time.
Every day, an hour before school is out, a mother comes to sit on the merry-go-round in the yard, waiting for the bell to ring. She and the painter strike up a conversation that they carry on day by day. Until one day the mother discovers that the painter is painting her portrait on the wall.
. May 22nd to 26th, 2018 / Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS Box, Brussels – Belgium
. June 9th and 10th, 2018 / Festival delle Colline Torinesi, Torino – Italy
. July 8th to 15th, 2018 / Festival d’Avignon, La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon – France
. July 30th to August 14th, 2018 / Iranshahr Theatre, Tehran – Iran
. 6th to 8th September 2018 / Théâtre du Loup, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève – Switzerland
. 26th and 27th September 2018 / Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main – Germany
. 22nd to 24th November 2018 / Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes – France
. 28th and 29th November 2018 / deSingel, Antwerp – Belgium
. 11th and 12th January 2019 / Les Vagamondes – La Filature Scène nationale de Mulhouse – France
. 16th and 17th January 2019 / Kaserne, Bâle – Switzerland
. 19th and 20th January 2019 / Théâtre populaire romand, La Chaux-de-Fonds – Switzerland