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‘Radical Performance’ Festival in Mid-Summer

‘Radical Performance’ Festival in Mid-Summer
‘Radical Performance’ Festival in Mid-Summer

Jury members of the first ‘Radical Performance International Festival’ organized in Tehran, will start selecting works submitted for the event on May 26.

A total of 143 entries were received online since March 17 at the website of the festival,, where additional information is available.

“Of the 143 entries, 41 are by foreign artists,” said festival secretary and founder Amir Rad, a media artist, painter and art researcher and director of event sponsor New Media Circle, which is affiliated to Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (TMoCA).

The festival is a platform for convergence of various approaches and focuses on performance. It is based on interdisciplinary studies and includes the diverse sections of alternative performance, performance art, video performance and cyber performance, Mehr News Agency reported.  

The foreign entries are in video performance and cyber performance, the only two sections for overseas participants.

Jury members are: dramatist, theater director and dramaturge Nasim Ahmadpour; playwright and theater researcher Azadeh Ganjeh; performance and video artist Elyas Aminian; theater actor and director Saeed Behnam; theater director, playwright and set designer Asghar Dashti; theater director and actor, video artist and filmmaker Mehdi Sadr; and theater director and playwright Reza Ghayour.

The only foreign member of the jury is Italian art director, graphic and web designer, new media and communication expert Enrico Tomasell.

Selected works will be announced on the festival website and will be performed in mid-summer at various venues in Tehran. The exact dates for the festival have not been announced.

“Due to the wide variety of performances planned, they cannot all be hosted in one place. Most of them will be staged in places other than the TMoCA,” Rad had said in an earlier interview.

The best work will be selected in each section and awarded with a “Golden Radical,” the special prize of the festival.

About the purpose and significance of the festival Rad said: “In recent years, performance artists have increasingly diversified their arts; but their experiences seem haphazard. This leads to misconceptions and confusion in the field.

When it comes to practice, lack of regularity in particular types of performing arts kills the morale of the artists and plunges them into occasional lapses.”

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