BY BARAN THEATRE
“You know me as ‘Venus’ if you speak English”
Tower of Babel hosts story-telling. Persian and Australian recollections of the Transit of Venus awaken the mythology and history of the characters and the audience.
“They believed the Transit of Venus would reveal to them the height of the heavens. And the curve of this multi-lingual coastline.”
Tower of Babel hosts a Persian Party. It is Nahid and Marout’s last night in Australia before they travel to Iraq. Nahid was a political journalist in Iran before she came to Australia as a refugee. Here, she met Marout, an eccentric documentary film-maker. They fell in love, made some plans and are about to travel together to meet the indomitable Nahid’s family.
In Tower of Babel, we meet people, eating, drinking, and dancing.
“Bab-ili is your home too! Sing for joy there. Dwell in Happiness”.
This original interactive contemporary performance pits humanity against tyranny in our age of sanctions, war and displacement.
Nasim Khosravi – Co-writer, Director
Greg Manning – Co-Writer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturg
Freddy Komp – Production Designer (Light, Sound & Vision)
Jeremy Gordon – Production Stage Manager
Jason Glenwright – Lighting Design Mentor
Bernard Houston – Composer
James Cunningham – Movement Consultant
Hamid Sharif – Assistant Director
Niloo Tara – Costume Designer
Maryam Parsi – Singer
Performers: Afsaneh (Tina) Torabi, Steve Rooke, Anna Yen, Angus Thorburn, Peter Condon
Musicians: Pouyan Khaki, Greta Kelly, Kambiz Dara, Arash Zanganeh
The developments of the work have benefited from the insights and contributions of: Erfan Abdi, Suzon Fuks and Hosein Khosravi.
Image design by Hosein Khosravi
20 November – 30 November