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Man anam ke rostam bovad pahlavan

Concept & Performance: Ali Moini
Scenography: Julien Peissel + Ali Moini
Machinery: Julien Peissel
light design: Stéfane Perraud
Music: Sarah Shamboo & Nima Aghiani
Costume: Valentine Solé
Technical Management: Samson Milcent
dramaturgical support: Thibaud Croisy
Duration: 55 min
Production: SELON L'HEURE
Coproduction: Montpellier Danse Festival 2016, La Passerelle Scène Nationale de St Brieuc, La Filature Scène Nationale de Mulhouse.
Avec le soutien de la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès dans le cadre de son programme New Settings
Avec le soutien de la DRAC Ile-De-France au titre de l'Aide au Projet.


2016 : July 5th + 6th Festival Montpellier Danse,
           November 17th SCORE, Tanzquartier Wien
           November 22nd + 23rd NEW SETTINGS, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale PARIS
           November 25th NEXT Festival, Espace Pasolini Valenciennes
2017 : January VAGAMONDES, La Filature Scène Nationale de Mulhouse
           February 1st C'EST DE LA DANSE CONTEMPORAINE, CDC Toulouse
           March 1st + 2nd TANZHAUS NRW _ Düsseldorf
           March 30th FESTIVAL 360° _ La Passerelle Scène Nationale de St Brieuc
           September 22nd+23rd+24th Festival International de Marionnettes _ Charleville-Mézières
           December 6th Le Manège Scène Nationale de Reims
2018 : March 17th Scène Nationale de St Quentin en Yvelines
           March 21 + 22 Pôle-Sud CDCN Strasbourg
           April 13 + 14 Theater Freiburg
           May 15 + 16 Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon
           September 13 LUTKE, Ljubljana
           November 13 Théâtre de Liège
2019:  May 24 + 25 Figuren-Theater-Festival, Erlangen
           May 28 Kulturforum, Fürth
           May 30 Tafelhalle, Nürnberg
           June 07 CNDB, Bucarest
           June 18 + 19 Mousonturm, Frankfurt
           September 28 Kaserne, Basel

In his latest work, the Iranian artist and his life-size marionette interact through a block and tackle. Through karabiners and pulleys connected by a complex system of ropes, the performer and the metal marionette form an interdependent triad. Thus each dance movement finds its echo in a dismantled and chaotic version in the movements of the metal, initially fleshless puppet.
Here the mechanism does not just function as a translator but also as the manipulator of the life between the artist and his double, which causes even the meaning of the respective roles to fade. The efficiency of the development of the actors on the stage can vary to the extent that their identities and classifications – between object and subject, actor and observer, follower and leader, authenticity and unreliability – are lost.

« with as much nerves as the meat he takes out of a bucket and attaches to a skeleton-like metal structure, Iranian artist Ali Moini goes deeper in the exploration of a form of mute brutality for his new piece, close to performance art, entitled man anam ke rostam bovad pahlavan. After his solo My Paradoxical Knives (2009) in which he appeared covered with a knives shell, he becomes this time the instrument of an amazing machinery, mesmerizing by its visual impact and its connexions between death and life, built by Julien Peissel.
Face to face, Ali Moini, in a costume linked by carabineers and pulleys to a complex string system, and a metal marionette are staring at one each other. Each movement from the dance gets its echo in the dismantled and chaotic version of the dummy’s move. Notions of double, mirror, questions of empathy and rejection, fantasy of death and torture, get hooked to this infernal mechanism… ».
by Rosita Boisseau
in Le Monde, 8th July 2016

“...The program is stated: this is an exploration of movement and its modalities. Carried by an explorer using the resources both of dance and of theatre, which here provides the big space occupied by the machine, but also of music, which not only accompanies the movement throughout but also structures it and can be interpreted as one sustained crescendo. ...”
by Thibaut Sardier
in artpress, November 2016