The camera searches restlessly along the floor. Close-ups show halves of faces, hands on tables, or curling cigarette smoke. Director and author Azade Shahmiri takes the fragmentary nature of these shots, taken in 2001 in a Tehran coffee house, as the starting point for her new theater evening. And she interweaves the unfinished, quasi-documentary material by film director Hamid Jafari with subtle live moments. Three characters narrate life in contemporary Iran, asserting themselves against the confines of time, place and body. The stories are incomplete, open-ended, interwoven, and highlight the permeability of identities. LikeVoicelessness(2019),Quasieperforms a powerful reflection on the making of narratives and illustrates the need for resistance to oppressive circumstances. Another world is possible!
Contributors and additional information:
Text, Director Azade Shahmiri
With Isar Aboumahboub, Naghmeh Manavi, Melika Shokri
Film Hamid Jafari
Dramaturgy Leila Ahmadi Abadeh
Lighting Saba Kasmaei
Sound, Video Hesam Salehbeig
Stage, costume Azade Shahmiri in collaboration with Leila Ahmadi Abadeh
Thanks to Maryam Karroubi, Khorshid Cheraghipour, Masoud Lak, Nazanin Mehraein, Aydin Shafaeei, Mohammad Mollavali, New Media Society, Mahnaz Hojjati
Co-production Wiener Festwochen, Kaserne Basel
The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.
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