Archive for July, 2006

Unique Zan Foundation

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Interview with Iranican Live

View highlights from the bilingual interview with Iranican live on the Persian News Network.

دوستان عزیز دوزبانه–انگلیسی-فارسی–میتوانند قسمتی از گفتگو را اینجا ببینند


Interview with Iranican Live (Jul. 15, 2006)

Midnight Approaches DVD is released!

Midnight Approaches…

” I found the marriage of visual, musical and poetic imagery in Niloufar Talebi’s
work to be touching and effective and an ideal way to discover and appreciate
contemporary Iranian poetry.”

-Michael Tilson Thomas
-SF Symphony Music Director


Introduction to Persian Poetry
A Bird Is a Bird
, poem by Abbas Saffari
I Hang Myself, poem by Saghi Ghahraman
Many Happy Returns, poem by Partow Nooriala
My Mother Did Not Become Beautiful, poem by Reza Farmand
Tomorrow, poem by Abbas Saffari
Night, poem by Majid Naficy

coming attractions:
Love Is Lemony, poem by Ziba Karbassi
Gravequake, poem by Ziba Karbassi
Song of Ruin, poem by Ziba Karbassi

Midnight Approaches…
Created by
Niloufar Talebi

Co-produced by
Sharlyn Sawyer of Afsaneh Art and Culture Society
The Translation Project

Performance Director
Zara Houshmand

Poetry Translations
Niloufar Talebi
Dan O’Connell

Ali Dadgar
Niloufar Talebi

Additional Actors
Francisco Gonzales Leon
Siam Moeini

Larissa Verduzen
Aliah Najmabadi

Design and Choreography
Sharlyn Sawyer

Original Music
Composed and Performed by
Hafez Modirzadeh
Mohammad Nejad
royal hartigan

Video Director, Editor,
Computer Graphics Design
Elaine G. Trotter

Video Engineer, DVD Encoding and Authoring
Andy Neddermeyer

Four Springs

Below you can view footage from the live performance of Four Springs, which premiered on January 25, 2004, at ODC Theater in San Francisco, and later performed at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA on May 15, 2004. Four Springs was directed by Zara Houshmand, co-produced by the Translation Project and Afsaneh Art and Culture Society. Four Springs was based on the poetry of Partow Nooriala, Abbas Saffari, Ziba Karbassi, Majid Naficy, Reza Framand and Saghi Ghahraman. Midnight Approaches, our DVD of short films was based on Four Springs.

Narcissus Flower
( Quick Time | Windows Media )
( Quick Time | Windows Media )
Saturday Night Dinner
( Quick Time | Windows Media )
( Quick Time | Windows Media )

This is a clip from another performance of Four Springs on May 15, 2004 at the Mexican Heritage Theater in CA. You can compare this performance of Saturday Night Dinner, a poem by Abbas Saffari, to its premier performance on January 25, 2004 shown above.

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Persian Mirror Interview

An interview with Persian Mirror