Introducing: Iranian Contemporary Theater

Today, Iranians show a lot of appreciation for theatre. Once rather quiet, theatre halls are now running out of tickets as enthusiastic crowds flock to see productions with various themes and genres that cater to various tastes. Theatrical performances have been part of Iran’s social and religious events for hundreds and thousands of years. However, traditional performances are very different from today’s theatre.
“Unheard Voices”, an exclusive and fascinating documentary by Press TV, is an attempt to portray contemporary Iranian theatre by having a very brief and quick flash back to the history of theatre in Iran. It then deals with different forms of theatre performance in the Iranian context through interviewing domain experts and presenting excerpts of theatres recently performed in various Iranian theatre halls.

The 15th International Puppet festival: Call for Articles-Tehran


The 15th International Puppet festival: Call for Articles-Tehran 

Dear Puppeteers of the little big world of Puppets

The 15th International Puppet festival of Tehran would like to announce call for articles about puppetry for the website of the festival.

the articles could be about any subject related to puppet theater.

The articles will publish in the research section of the festival's website.

It should be mentioned that all articles which are going to publish on our website are pro bono.

for more information contact us by:

website: www.tehranmobarak.com

email: info@tehranmobarak.com

New issue of KARPA (Dissident Theatricalities, Visual Arts and Culture)

A double issue of the online journal KARPA (Dissident Theatricalities, Visual Arts and Culture) has been released. We thank the College of Arts and Letters (California State University, Los Angeles) for hosting this journal.

This issue has a special dossier on 

“PERFORMANCE and THEATRICALITIES IN ARGENTINA".

Jorge Dubatti (University of Buenos Aires) served as guest editor. It also includes a text on George Bataille by Miguel Jara (UNAM) and another one on the performance “A Sagração de Urubutsin” by Sara Panamby written by the artist herself.

KARPA is edited by Professors Paola Marín and Gastón Alzate (College of Arts and Letters, Cal State LA). It accepts articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

We invite you to check out our new issue at:

http://web.calstatela.edu/misc/karpa/Karpa7/Site%20Folder/index.html

Main page:

http://www.calstatela.edu/misc/karpa/Karpa-A/Site%20Folder/index.html 

15th International Puppet Festival- Tehran (MOBARAK)

15th International Puppet Festival- Tehran (MOBARAK)

Tehran -Mobarak 15th. International Puppet Festival

Dear puppeteers,

We have great pleasure to announce: Tehran -Mobarak 15th. International Puppet Festival will be held from 13th.to 20th.Sept.2014. 

www.tehranmobarak.com

We hope to make this festival a great event for participating companies to interact, chance to perform their artistic creations & renew friendship within our community.  

We will happily provide full board & lodging from the start to termination date of the festival, our hospitality will include transport to & from the airport, as well as local transport & sightseeing tours.

Hoping your company would wish to participate in this festival, your application providing the required details as attached should reach us no later than: July 1st, 2014.     

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, should further information be required:

 

International Affairs Committee of the Festival : fest@tehranmobarak.com

International Manager of the Festival, Marjan PourGholam Hossein : marjan.pghh@gmail.com 

Looking forward to have the pleasure of welcoming you at the festival,

Kind regards.

Mrs. Marzieh Baroumand

Director of the 15thInternational Puppet Festival- Tehran (MOBARAK)

Call for Entry 13th edition of International festival of student’s puppet theater- Tehran, Iran. DEADLINE EXTENDED

Dear Friends and Colleagues 

From 15th of February until 22nd of February 2014, Tehran will celebrate the 13th edition of International festival of student’s puppet theater.

The festival aims to create a link between the present and future artists of the Little Big World of Puppetry and to break the borders, between different art forms of West and East.

We invite workshops, exhibitions, performances, and film-theaters.

In addition, this festival is the first puppet theater festival being held in the Middle East specifically for students.

The festival takes place in Tehran, Capital of Iran, from February 15th until February 22nd 2014, in 2 sections:

1. Student’s Competition (Only for students)

2. Fringe Section (for anybody who wish to participate)

Closing date for applications has been extended from September 30th to October 15th.

For more info about participation conditions, please email: International affair’s manager – Sepehr Sharifzadeh – Email: International.ifspt@gmail.com

13th International Festival of Student’s Puppet Theatre, Tehran

 

13th International Festival of Student’s Puppet Theatre, Tehran

 

 From 15th of February to 22nd of February 2014, Tehran will celebrate the 13th International festival of student’s puppet theater. 

The festival aims to create a link between the present and future artists of the Little Big World of Puppetry and to break the borders between the different art forms of West and East. 

We invite workshops, exhibitions, performances, and film-theaters. 

In addition, this festival has been held as the first puppet theater festival in the Middle East specifically for the students. 

The festival takes place in Tehran, from February 15th to February 22nd 2014, in 2 sections: 

1. Student’s Competition (Adults – Children) 

2. Fringe Section 

Closing date for applications will be on September 30th, 2013. 

For more info, please contact: 

International affair’s manager – Sepehr Sharifzadeh 

Email: International.ifspt@gmail.com 

Mobile phone: +98-9124843588

[World] 30th Fadjr Theatre Festival-Iran

We are pleased to inform you that the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran will hold the 30th Fadjr International Theater Festival from 25th of January to 11th of February 2012 in Tehran, Iran as the main theater event of our country.

We highly appreciate it if you could send us the new productions of your Theater Companies. The application should reach Secretariat of Festival by the specific deadline and then the Selection Committee will announce the invited international guest Performance through international affairs office of Dramatic Arts Center. 

You are requested to include the following in your submission:

1) A synopsis of the play in English

2) The CV of Director /Playwright

3) The number of the troupe members (including actors, technicians, etc)

4) DVD and photo of the performance

5) Duration of the play

 

 *The deadline of sending the package is up to the end of November 2011.The information should be mailed to the International Affairs Office of DAC through the following address. Vahdat Hall,Ostad Shahryar st., Hafez Ave., Tehran, 1133914934 Iran Tel : +9821 66 70 88 61 Fax : +98 21 66 72 53 16 E-mail: dramatic.artcenter.iran@gmail.com  dac@neda.net 

Best Regards

Rahmat Amini

Director of the 30thFadjr International Theatre Festival 

Nazeri at Carnegie Hall – A Musical Bridge Between Iran and the U.S.

Father and Son Duo Builds Bridge over Cultural Gap
CNN.com, 11/17/09

"Diplomacy hasn't worked. Sanctions have achieved little. Relations between Iran and the United States are, at best, chilly. So why not try music?

On [November 14], for the first time, Iranians were the headline performers at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. A father and son from Iran led American musicians in a hybrid session of traditional Iranian and classical Western music.

Thirty-year-old Hafez Nazeri told CNN he was pleased to present 'another dimension of Iran and Iranian culture to the Western people.'

Nazeri, who now lives in the United States, said, 'We hear mostly about the other side—bloodshed, chaos—and I wanted to be able to present the reality of our culture, which is about peace and love and unity.'

Nearly 3,000 people, many of them Persians, flocked to Carnegie Hall for the concert. One patron said, 'The message was completely obvious: Love all the way. Peace!'

The Nazeris said it was an honor to be onstage at the historic music center. The younger Nazeri said his music might be able to bridge cultural divides between Iran and the United States.

His father, Shahrem, still lives in Iran. Speaking in Farsi, the man known as the Iranian Pavarotti talked about the demonstrations that followed June's disputed Iranian presidential election.

The tenor said some of the people in the streets are 'requesting something, and I think it's important to answer to their requests. The government should answer to their requests and they have to see what their people want.'"

To read the rest of the article, please visit CNN.com.

Imaginary Knots: Multi-Media Performance by Iran's Hamid Saeidi Theatre Group in Los Angeles

Farhang Foundation
 
 
 

A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets

November 14, 2009-January 18, 2010
Art of the Americas Bldg, 2nd (Plaza) Level

Dating to the first half of the 16th century, LACMA's two spectacular Persian carpets, both the gift of J. Paul Getty, have only rarely been exhibited, due in part to their size and their sensitivity to light. Now, for the first time, these large and sumptuous carpets will be shown together, affording visitors the opportunity to see two of the world's most renowned Persian carpets and to learn something of their fascinating history before and after they left Iran.
This special installation is made possible in part by the Farhang Foundation. On view November 14, 2009 – January 18, 2010 in the Art of the Americas Bldg, 2nd (Plaza) Level. Click here for details.


Imaginary Knots: Multi-Media Performance by Hamid Saeidi Theater Group & Musical Performance by Mamak Khadem Ensemble

November 24, 2009  7 p.m.
Bing Theater
Project Management by SoCiArts Productions

Celebrating the cultural origins of Persian Carpets with Hamid Saeidi and Mamak Khadem.
Two of Iran's most creative and cutting edge artists present an evening celebrating their rich Persian heritage and the musical roots they draw upon – a classical tradition as timeless and as beautiful as the Ardabil and Coronation Carpets in LACMA's special installation Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets (November 14 – January 18, 2010).  Click here for details.

Special thanks to the following for their generous contributions to the above listed events:
–Mr. Ephrahim; GUITY INTERNATIONAL
–Mr. Helmi; DAMOKA


Ardabil Carpet; a lecture by Dr. Jon Thompson

December 5, 2009  2 p.m.
Bing Theater

Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with LACMA is excited to bring you this special lecture by renowned carpet expert Dr. Jon Thompson who will speak about the exciting history of the world-famous, Ardabil Carpet and its mate.

FREE to the public. No Reservations required.

Click here for details.

 
Farhang Foundation | 3555 Keystone Ave. | Suite 104 | Los Angeles | CA | 90034

13th Iran International Festival of University Theatre 2010

the 13th Iran International Festival of University Theatre (IIFUT)

April 30th until May 8th, 2010- Tehran, Iran 


We wish to announce that the 13th Iran International Festival of University Theatre (IIFUT) will be held in Tehran on. April 30th until May 8th, 2010 As regards the festival makes relations with other countries and establish cultural ties between theater groups in Iran and other exterior entities worldwide and make use of foreign professors which are expert in theater and their experiences by arranging workshops, we sincerely hope that this festival provides suitable opportunities to invite you to Iran Theatre Schools and Universities. 

The Permanent Secretariat of IIFUT has started to work in 1997 and has been contributing to theater ever since then. The focus of this festival is mainly on University Theater. The objective of this festival is to improve University Theater and also promote the knowledge of students of theater in Iran. The committee, managers, deputies and the secretary of secretariat are all students and the advertisers are professors of credible universities in Iran. They all are elected in the anniversary election by the students of universities. This festival would welcome any kind of cultural relations to exchange experiences between national and international groups in a bid to familiarize Iranian students to theater worldwide. 

We would greatly appreciate if you would kindly conduce us about your programs and the conditions to respect you as the contributor of the 13th IIFUT. We, community of students of universities, will all wait to see you in earnest society of Iran universities. 

Warmest Regards 

Ali Zafar Ghahramani Nezhad 
Manager of International Section of Festival
E-mail: ali555zafar@yahoo.com 
www.iifut.net