Noir Art Group

Horses stomp at the window (1) -2011

Tehran, Vahdat Hall’s Parking lot

December 2011

Description

By means of this work, Noir Art Group aimed to convert Vahdat Hall’s parking lot to a permanent open-air stage for environmental performance and theatre.

An inter-disciplinary performance which comes out of the juncture of theatre, installation, music, video, light etc. which was held in Vahdat Hall’s parking lot. This performance, with a critical approach toward the subject of War, conveys a message of peace in a fantastic and grotesque atmosphere.

Group

An adaptation of a Matei Visniec play “Horses at the Window” Transleted by: Tinush Nazmjou

Adaptation & Conception: Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Mina Bozorgmehr

Director: Hadi Kamali Moghadam

Art Designer, Scenography and costume: Mina Bozorgmehr

Music design and performance:  Farshad Fozouni Didgeridoo Player: Zhoobin Askariye

Performers: Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Mina Bozorgmehr, Sara Sadjadi, Mehdi Torkaman, Mehrdad Hamrahi, Amirhossein Pakravan, Payam Hajibabai, Darya Mohebalian

Director Assistant : Sara Sadjadi

Light Designer:  Reza Behjat

Accessories: Tehran carnival : (Elmira Mahnia, Elmira Yussefi, Sepideh Zamani, Elnaz Ezati, Ayda Alizadeh, Mahtab Alizadeh) Tailoress: Tina Nurani

Maquette: Atelier Shar, Ghazal Khosroshahian, Amin feyz

Fabrication of decor:  Atelier decor of Roudaki,  Saeed Mussavi

Stage Managers: Ali Kuzegar, Saeed Mussavi

Light Assistant: Mohamadreza Babai

Photographers:  Siamak Mohebalian, Atefeh Arani, Habib Setayesh

Graphic designer:  Peyman Pourhossein

Public relations manager:  Forugh Sadjadi

Cameramen:  Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Farid Almassi, Ashkan Mostafalu, Alireza Torabi, Zhoobin Ghaziani, Marzieh Mohammadiha, Mina Bozorgmehr

Edit and multimedia package by: Marziyeh Mohammadiha

Real-time sound and video Processing  : Codon (Amirbahador Ashrafzadeh, Siavash Amini, Hessam Ohadi)

Image operators: Saleh Zarafshan, Elham Mahian, Saba Yazdanian

Drawings by: Khaneh Tarahi

Producers:  Noir Art Group, The association for the development of contemporary art with cooperation of Roudaki Foundation

Story

An absurdist Journey to 3 frames of life on the brink of war and destruction: An anxious mother prepares her son to go to war. His mysterious death is then reported to the mother by a mysterious messenger with a bouquet of dark blue carnations. He only gives her 5 biscuits instead of her son’s body.

A disabled father, the only survivor of a war, drowns her visionary daughter in his bitter memories of swimming between swollen corpses. The messenger arrives among a storm of the daughter’s illusions, giving her a wheelchair along the message of her father’s insanity.

A husband/soldier orders his wife to prepare a sumptuous dinner-table for them to have a feast. The dinner table turns into a battlefield as bottles rain on them like bombs and bullets. The messenger enters with an army jeep and claims that her husband has been trampled under the boots of the army’s fervent soldiers. He gives her a bouquet of carnations and takes the position of the husband.

Other characters, influenced by war, live parallel to these people in the same space: a baker who makes military biscuits, a soldier with a water-spray on his back, a man with his suitcases on a never-ending journey, a nurse with carnation flowers and Sizif who is doomed to pull the carriage of death.