The Persian Rite of Spring DVD now available

We are proud to announce the release of The Persian Rite of Spring DVD, a show that tells the story of Norouz/Norooz/Nowruz on Equinox. The celebrations of lengthening days and the coming of spring begin on Yalda (Winter Solstice), and continue through Jashneh Sadeh (January 30th), Chaharshanbeh Soori (March), Norouz and finally 13-Bedar two weeks into spring.

So the holiday season continues as we countdown to Norouz throughout winter!

Norouz is a UNESCO ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,’ and an official US Holiday. Learn about it, practice it, and GIFT ITS STORY to friends, family and colleagues all over the world, and at your Norouz parties. DVDs are now available for individual and bulk orders via Paypal below.

Contact us to bring the live Persian Rite of Spring theatrical show to your city, or arrange DVD screenings and signings.

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ICARUS/RISE DVD is released!

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of the concert edition ICARUS/RISE DVD in Summer 2009 on Amazon.com. View a sample clip and buy your copy here. Read Niloufar Talebi’s article about oral storytelling traditions in Iran, ‘Memory of a Phoenix Feather‘ in the July/August 2009 issue of World Literature Today.



ICARUS/RISE is a provocative and emotional multimedia theatrical performance of new Iranian poetry, translated, created and performed by Niloufar Talebi, with original score by Bobak Salehi, and choreography and video by Alex Ketley, featuring Chloe Felesina as Icarus. Woven of poems featured in BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, 2008), and connecting the myth of Icarus with the solitary journey of the artist/immigrant in the quest for freedom, it tells the 30-year story of the migration of Iranians. ICARUS/RISE features powerful Iranian poets, including Ziba Karbassi, Mina Assadi, Yadollah Roya’i, Granaz Moussavi, Maryam Huleh, Abbas Saffari, Jamshid Moshkani, Amir Hossein Afrassiabi, and Shahrouz Rashid, the poet of “Icarus.”

ICARUS/RISE is inspired by the Iranian spoken word traditions of ‘Naghali‘ and ‘Pardeh-dari,’ which are practiced in the streets, cafes, public rituals, or ‘art music’ stage. By giving this spoken word tradition new content (new poetry in BELONGING) — rather than its usual content of classical Persian poetry and myths — and fusing it with western theatrical elements, ICARUS/RISE gives voice to hybrid-Iranians, reflecting their experience in contemporary society.

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