The camera pans nervously along the floor. Closeups show half-faces, hands on tables, or curling cigarette smoke. The fragmentary nature of these shots taken in a Tehran coffeehouse in 2001 is the starting point for stage director and playwright Azade Shahmiri’s new evening of theatre. Here she weaves the unfinished, quasidocumentary film footage by film director Hamid Jafari with subtle live moments. Three characters talk about life in present-day Iran, overcoming the constraints of time, place, and body. The stories are incomplete, open, interwoven, underscoring the permeability of identities. Like the work Voicelessness before it (2019), Quasi is a powerful reflection on the emergence of narrative; it too illustrates the need for resistance to oppressive circumstances. Another world is possible!
Azade Shahmiri is a theatre artist and performance maker. She graduated in Theater Studies from the University of Tehran in 2009 and holds a Ph.D. in Art Studies. Azade’s artistic practice oscillates between theater, performance, and forms of installation. Alongside the text, the collaboration between film, video, sonic and visual materials are central to her creations. Her artistic works were presented in various theater and performance festivals across Europe and Asia in Tehran, Gwangju, Kerala, Vienna, Zurich, Basel, Edinburgh, Brussels, Berlin, Geneve, and Mannheim.
photo © Leila Ahmadi Abadeh