Baran Theatre (Nasim Khosravi)

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Tower of Babel

An ancient story that begins with one language, is told in a country that began with many languages.

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‘Tower of Babel’ story-telling comes from the Bible, the Qur’an, pop culture, indie culture, and Babylonian traditions and texts.

The production uses a combination of live performance, video scenography and soundscapes inviting people to physically, intellectually and emotionally experience unity and division. The audience will participate in the production: eating, drinking, dancing, playing, and knowing, and maybe even fearing, that they will eventually be scattered. We want to draw people into an engaging game.

‘Tower of Babel’ is the party where Nahid, an Iranian refugee, poet and journalist, and Marout a poet and documentary film-maker, bid us farewell before their trip to Iraq. Nahid and Marout are simultaneously mythical and contemporary figures. So is their farewell party.

The party brings a Babylonian story (the descent of Ishtar into the Underworld) into contact with an English memory of the Transit of Venus. It was the Transit of Venus which brought James Cook into the multi-lingual South Pacific.

This production is being written at a time of high tension in Australia about immigration from the Middle East, and Australia’s relationship with displaced people. It provides an alternative voice to mass media. The artistic approach adds vital fresh and residual perspectives to assist Australians in navigating racial tension.

‘Tower of Babel’ focuses on conversation as a point of unity and solidarity. The script and choreography aim to resource affirming multicultural relationships and public structures, as well as resist the powers that would divide and scatter people.

We have a lot of community support around this work already.

Metro Arts has come on board as co-presenter of this original work. With their support ‘Tower of Babel’ will have a 3-week creative development and a 3-week season in Metro Arts’ Sue Benner Theatre from 20 November until 7 December.

We have gained  MATCH Lab funding to match any funds we raise dollar for dollar up to $10,000. So we need your help.

The funds we raise here will go towards artists fees and production costs.

We look forward to bringing you in to our community.

www.barantheatre.com

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Baran Theatre is an Iranian-Australian group based in Brisbane, established in 2013. We are founded on one of the most basic philosophies of theatre: dialogue. We believe in the power of theatre to create social change through transformational experiences for audiences.

Baran Theatre is lead by artist Nasim Khosravi.

Born in the south of Iran, Nasim Khosravi is a Brisbane based writer, director and performance maker investigating the potential for cross-cultural fusion and possible ways for interactive theatre while keeping a poetic tone.

She is specifically interested in using modern techniques to achieve a dialogue between Iranian traditional theatrical elements and contemporary theatre. In this dialogue, the modern reconstruction of classical literary works has had a significant place.

Through a feminist perspective, she has worked on her dramatisation of religious and mythological characters, which resulted in her dramatic works, drawing on characters like Mary and Sarah & Hagar.

As a feminist activist, Nasim cooperated with the One Million Signatures Campaign for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws in Iran. She organised and offered several workshops for playwriting with feminist approaches and contributed in raising awareness for Women’s Rights by directing several street theatres. At this point, she found a modification of Augusto Boal’s theory of invisible theatre in accordance with the social-political situation in Iran to be an effective way to reach her audience. Nasim’s last stage theatre performance in Iran, was No Swinging Allowed performed in March 2008 in Tehran and was banned after its first show.

After years of study and practice in contemporary performance in Iran, Nasim founded Baran, an Iranian-Australian theatre group, in Brisbane in 2013. The first project of Baran Theatre, Vis and Ramin developed over two years and premiered in 2016 at Metro Arts, where Nasim also presented Thin Air Brush in 2017. Vis and Ramin has also presented at FCAC Melbourne in 2017. Nasim is currently Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar.

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