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HELENA WALDMANN

LETTERS FROM TENTLAND - DANCE UNDER COVER

CONCEPT AND DIRECTIONHELENA WALDMANN
DRAMATURGYSUSANNE VINCENZ
LIGHT DESIGNHERBERT CYBULSKA
VIDEOANNA SAUP, KARINA SMIGLA-BOBINSKI UND FARSHID BEHZAD
STAGEHELENA WALDMANN AND NARMIN NAZMI
TEXTNIZAMI "HAFT PAIKAR" (THE SEVEN BEAUTIES), JUDITH HERMANN, SUMMERHOUSE, LATER" (S.FISCHER VERLAG)
VOICEN.N.
COMPOSITIONMOHAMMAD REZA MORTAZAVI PARISSA & ENSEMBLE DASTAN ALEXEI AIGI & ENSEMBLE 4-33 HAMID SAEDI & REZA MOJHADAS RAZ MESINAI, MUSLIMGAUZE, AXIOM OF CHOICE
MUSICAL DIRECTION AND PROGRAMMINGJOHN H. SCHIESSLER
COSTUMESNARMIN NAZMI
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTORRIMA RAMINFAR AND SHABNAM KOSHDEL
IRAN CONSULTANTFARHAD PAYAR
PREMIEREJANUARY 20, 2005 FADJR FESTIVAL TEHRAN
LENGTH OF PERFORMANCE50-90 MIN
ON STAGEZOREH AGHALOU, PANTEA BAHRAM, MAHSHAD MOKHBERI, BANAFSHEH NEJATI, SARA REYHANI, SIMA TIRANDAZ

Helena Waldmann’s "Letters from Tentland" is the first production from a Western choreographer ever, that has been staged in Tehran and then shown there at the International Fadjr-Theater-Festival. In January, 2005, with six female performers from the city of 15 million residents, the piece travels through all of the world and received very positive acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Disguised as tents the women tell about their complicated, sad and funny life between invisible on the outside and freedom in the inside. In a precise choreography made up of light, music, video and text the women, inside their tents, develop themselves into such a strong own-life, that they provoke questions about Western prejudices and far too many ways of looking at things. At the same time the tents are “folded letters in envelopes”, messages from Tentland, which are aimed at too intelligent analyzing as much as makes sense, about the liberation, from every prejudice

The renowned Berlin choreographer and director, Helena Waldmann, who stages productions in the border area between theatre, dance and between cultures breaks through the comfortable expectations in "Letters from Tentland" in a fascinating way: we are not just observers; we are under observation too. And we are invited to a cup of tea with the performers Zohreh Aghalou, Pantea Bahram, Mahshad Mokhberi, Banafsheh Nejati, Sara Reyhani and Sima Tirandaz.


a production of Goethe Institut and Dramatic Arts Center Tehran
supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds

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