CREATION 2023

text and direction Amir Reza Koohestani
dramaturgy Samaneh Ahmadian
Director’s assistant Dariush Faezi
Lights and scenography Éric Soyer
Video Yasi Moradi, Benjamin Krieg, Phillip Hohenwarter
Music Phillip Hohenwarter, Matthias Peyker
Costumes Ainaz Azarhoush, Negar Nobakht Foghani

Performers
Ainaz Azarhoush
Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh

Show in Persian language with surtitles
French and English translations and surtitles adaptations Massoumeh Lahidji
Surtitles operator Negar Nobakht Foghani

Estimated time 60 minutes

Production, administration, promotion Pierre Reis – Bureau Formart, Paris (FR)
Production Mehr Theatre Group, Paris (FR)

 


SYNOPSIS

A man wrote on his Instagram account that he and his wife, who is currently in jail as a political prisoner, have promised each other to run every night on both sides of the prison wall where she is being held.

Before her arrest, they had been training to run for months as part of a plan to leave Iran and reach England. They prepared to cover the 27 km of Tunnel in the only possible moment, in the five hours between the last train in the evening and the first of the following day. But their training towards a new life was interrupted a week before departure upon the woman’s arrest.

Amir Reza Koohestani writes the story of their long-distance training on both sides of the wall, making it a starting point to reflect on contemporary Iranian society. It’s a run that continues despite everything.

We see a woman and a man on stage. In a precise interlocking mechanism, their breathless dialogues intersect with their interior monologues, where classical Persian poetry echoes all possible transactions in the darkness of a night.

Koohestani accustomed the audience with his powerful and poetic performances. With this project, he pierces the darkness with a dialogue on his country’s present.

 


SCHEDULE

. Rehearsals in Tehran on February/March 2023
. Creation residencies at Théâtre populaire romand – Centre neuchâtelois des arts vivants, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Brussels (BE) on April/May 2023
. Creation on May 2023

. Tours on May, June, October-December 2023 (more information soon).