News ID: 256535
Published: 0251 GMT July 29, 2019

Iran’s globetrotting ‘Hearing’ to go on stage in Japan

Iran’s globetrotting ‘Hearing’ to go on stage in Japan

The theatrical work, ‘Hearing,’ written and directed by Amir Reza Koohestani, will go on stage in the Japanese city of Kyoto.

‘Hearing’ will participate in Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival in Japan, from October 5 to 27.

The Iranian play has recently participated in SESC Pompeia and Festival Internacional de Teatro in Brazil.

Besides two performances in Iran in 2015 and 2016, ‘Hearing’ went on stage in France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Greece.

A production of Mehr Theater Group, the 70-minute play is about two university students in a girl’s dormitory in Tehran who are summoned by the dorm security staff after it is reported that a man’s voice and laughter was heard in their room on New Year's Eve. Nobody has seen the man. The play deals with issues of guilt, remorse, freedom and control as its main themes.

Elham Korda, Mahin Sadri, Mona Ahmadi and Ainaz Azarhoush are in the cast.

Koohestani names Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Homework’ as his primary inspiration for writing ‘Hearing,’ saying, “In this play, I want to find a connection between our fate today and that childhood and adolescence which we lived during the war and after that. Though the difference is that, unlike Kiarostami’s film, I want to pursue female roles.”

Koohestani, 39, studied directing and cinematography in 1995 and continued his education at the University of Manchester, majoring in theater. He has directed over 15 plays and has staged his plays in many countries.



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