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

Guest Artists:
Lamine Sonko – Thursday 10th December
Piotr Nowotnik – Sunday 13th December & Friday 18th December
Shirow – Saturday 19th December
and others

Advisory by Grace Pundyk

Translation in Conversation: Dr Scott Welsh

Documentary Makers: Tessa Spooner & Jenna Grace

Image and videography by Rick Evertsz

To ensure the comfort and safety of our audiences, artists and staff we have put together a COVID-Safe plan. You can see all the information on La Mama’s Covid Safety page.