performance

Vis and Ramin

Vis and Ramin is one of the most famous narratives of pre-Islamic Iran, having endured through the past 2000 years as a tale of forbidden love, rebellion, rejection of social mores and the challenging of inherited political structures. It is often described as a Persian Romeo and Juliet, and believed to be an inspiration for Tristan and Iseult, although the proto-feminism of the central character brings to mind Greek figures Medea and Antigone. The subversive and feminist implications of the story have resulted in its being banned in Iran since the revolution.

credits

CO-WRITER/DIRECTOR / NASIM KHOSRAVI

CO-WRITER/TRANSLATOR / HIWA MICHAELI

MUSIC  / MOHAMMAD JAVADI

SET DESIGN / HOSEIN KHOSRAVI

LIGHTING & SOUND DESIGN/ MEHRAN MORTEZAEI

AV DESIGN / ERFAN ABDI

PERFORMERS / ROJA GHOLAMHOSSEINI, HAMIDREZA SHARIFI, NASIM TAKAVAR, FARIBORZ MOHAMADI

PROJECT MANAGER / FREDDY KOMP

STAGE MANAGER / JEREMY GORDON

COORDINATOR / MATIN ZARA

DIRECTING MENTOR / SAPIDAH KIAN

DRAMATURG / KATHRYN MARQUET

MOVEMENT CONSULTANT / JAMES CUNNINGHAM

Past developments of the work have benefited from the insights and contributions of Soheil Souzani, Reza Kaviani, Reyhanneh Shirjani, Kathryn Kelly, and Nathan Sibthorpe.

In 2016 Vis & Ramin was co-presented by Metro Arts & Baran from 10- to 14 May in the Sue Benner Theatre at Metro Arts Brisbane. For this presentation I collaborated with Baran as A/V designer. Baran (Persian for ‘rain’ باران) is a new performance group. Artistic Director Nasim Khosravi is of a new generation of Iranian migrants to Australia applying her educational, experimental and professional theatre backgrounds in Iran to shape a new professional company in Australia. Baran is founded on one of the most basic philosophies of theatre: a means of dialogue.

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lamp

lamp

Optical sound and data gloves: photodiodes, and laser on rotating mirrors

documentation recording: Jaap van Eyck
co-producer: Mahmoud Abdidezfuli

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Notesaaz

Notesaaz is an instrument for live electronic music, and a proposal for a three stage process where the physical controller is used to navigate within a graphical score that on its turn controls the sound generation.

The dynamic score in Notesaaz is created by using two sets of lines. The intersection points of the two sets of lines are continuously being detected, followed and translated into parameters that trigger and control the generated sound. By controlling and interacting with the geometrical arrangement of the lines on the screen, Notesaaz allows complex control over multiple sound parameters using a small number of input parameters.

By showing the dynamic score to the performer and the audience, Notesaaz suggests new possibilities for staging the performer instrument relationship, inviting the audience to engage more in what is played and to anticipate on what happens next.

 





setup description:

The performer plays a live audiovisual piece with a custom designed instrument, while sitting in the middle of the stage behind a hanging screen, and facing the audience. The score is shown on the screen using back projection, and a stereo sound is played on two front speakers and a sub-woofer. One spot light is needed on the performer, preferably from the top, and with an angle (from either sides). Duration of the performance is 15 minutes (± 2 min).

connections:

  • audio: 2 channels balanced 1/4” Jack (TRS)
  • video: VGA or DVI connection, resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD)
  • electricity: 3 x euro plugs

equipment to be provided by the venue:

  • video projection, VGA or DVI cable
  • 2.1 sound system (preferably near flat), 2 balanced jack cables (1/4” TRS)
  • table for laptop and sound card. minimum surface dimension (cm): 60 x 40
  • one stool or small chair for the performer to sit. height : 50 cm

equipment to be provided by artist:

  • laptop: macbook pro 15”
  • sound card: Motu UltraLite mk3
  • controller: Custom designed with usb connection
  • video adaptors: VGA to thunderbolt, DVI to thunderbolt (Mac)
  • projection screen (size can vary according to the space). aspect ratio 16:9

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