TOWER OF BABEL

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.

KEY CREATIVES

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

DATES

20 November – 30 November

THE ARTIST

Nasim Khosravi

Born in the south of Iran, Nasim has a background spanning almost twenty years in theatre, devised performance, playwriting, and directing, having graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Nasim’s work investigates potential for cross-cultural fusion and the creation of 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, Sarah and Hagar. After years of study and practice in contemporary performance in Iran, Nasim founded Baran, an Iranian-Australian theatre group, in Brisbane in 2013. Baran’s first production Vis and Ramin was developed over two years premiering in 2016 at Metro Arts. Vis and Ramin was also presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne in 2017. Nasim is Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar. Nasim also creates community-based theatre works with the local Brisbane Persian community alongside her professional theatre practice.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tower of Babel is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab.

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