Drawing inspiration from pre-Islamic Naghali, an ancient Persian form of dramatic storytelling, Iranian Bauhaus is a highly visual and gestural style of theatre that will take you on a journey into the ambiguities of life.
Iranian Bauhaus is the story of artist, Elnaz Sheshgelani, living and performing outside her spiritual home in a foreign land. Sheshgelani operates within the style of Naghali; the most ancient form of Persian dramatic storytelling known today. Distinctive in form, Naghali flows between puppetry, masked visual theatre, stylised gesture and music. It expresses archetypes of the human psyche and features elements of ritual: rhythmic gyrations, ferocious poses with various props, grotesque masks and miniature puppet plays. In Iranian Bauhaus, the artist offers a modern twist on a timeless tradition.
Striking performance art, easy to lose yourself in.
– Cameron Woodhead
Created by Elnaz Sheshgelani
Lighting and projection by Simon Bowland
Sound by Rick McLean
Set Management by Marlena Raymond
Lamine Sonko – Thursday 10th December
Piotr Nowotnik – Sunday 13th December & Friday 18th December
Shirow – Saturday 19th December
Advisory by Grace Pundyk
Translation in Conversation: Dr Scott Welsh
Documentary Makers: Tessa Spooner & Jenna Grace
Image and videography by Rick Evertsz