Belarusian festival to stage Iranian traditional performance
Tehran Times: Hassan Azimi will stage the Iranian traditional play “Mobarak Wedding” at the Brest Drama and Music Festival which will be held from September 11 to 19 in Belarus. The play was previously staged by the Bazisazan troupe at Tehran’s Bahman Cultural Center where it was warmly received by the audience.
Hassan Azimi, Ahmad Mehrabi and Ali Sadeqikhah are the cast members of the play and Ali Shahbazi on tonbak and Shahab Mehrpuyan on setar accompanied the troupe with their live music performance.
A veteran in Iranian traditional performances, Azimi is mostly known for his innovations in Iran’s traditional dramatic arts and also his efforts in their globalization by staging his works in different countries including France, Spain and Armenia.
Azimi has staged several renowned tragedies including “Hamlet”, “King Lear” and “Othello” in the form of ru-hozi in which a black-faced harlequin named Mobarak stirs the audience to laughter with amusing improvisations.
He has covered his expenses for staging of his play in other countries by himself and lamented that he is unable to attend many festivals due to financial problems.
The Bazisazan Theater Troupe was established in 1984 by Hassan Azimi who is also the artistic director of the group. The troupe has staged more than 70 performances.
Iran releases Garshasp videogame
Presstv: The videogame, which took four years to complete, features legendary Persian hero Garshasp, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Created entirely by young Iranian designers, Garshasp made a splash at Gamescom, Europe's biggest video games fair back in August.
The director of the Garshasp project, Arash Jafari, told Press TV that the game was meant to deliver the cultural message of the Persian civilization.
"The idea was to put all these [historical] stories, these rich artistic elements, pictorial stories, literature and poetry into a new-age media, like a videogame," Jafari added.
In the game, Garshasp fights the forces of evil, using an array of bladed weapons. The game is ornamented with Iranian elements, including ancient architectural design, Iranian wrestling methods and Persian epic melodies and musical statements.
The creators of the game maintain that the videogame is part of the efforts to rectify the "distorted image of Iran as portrayed in the West."
It is also an effort to counter the impact of anti-Iranian games and movies, the game developers say.
Armenian Troupes to Read Iranian Plays
CHTN: Armenian stage actors will read Iranian plays during sessions to be held from September 12 to 19 in Yerevan.
Eight Iranian plays selected by the playwrights will be read by Armenian artists with a question and answer session following the readings, the spokesman of Iran Playwright Association.
The eight Iranian plays will be also published in Armenia and additional works will be introduced for translation, he said.
“The Wall” by Alireza Naderi, “The Used Blade” by Mohammad-Amir Yarahmadi, Mohammad Yaqubi’s “Draught and Lie”, Behzad Sediqi’s “On the Phone”, Afruz Foruzand’’s “Dream Room”, Haleh Moshtaqinia’s “Insecurity” and Faramarz Talebi’s “Wheel” are the plays.
An Armenian delegation will travel to Iran next year. Iran’s Afraz Publications will release a Persian version of some of the plays in the near future, he added.
Playwright Alireza Naderi will talk at the event on the influence of Armenian theater on theater in Iran and Behzad Sediqi on the translation of Armenian dramatic literature in Iran.
Veteran translator Andranik Khochumian will also accompany the delegation.