Niloofar Beyzaie

Niloofar Beyzaie is an Iranian dramatist, Playwright and Stage Director.

Life

Niloofar Beyzaie is the daughter of the theater and film director Bahram Beyzaie (Bahram Beyzai) and Monir Azam Raminfar who comes from a family of artists. In 1985 she had to leave Iran for political reasons and studied German Literature, Theater, Film and Television Studies and Education at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. After finishing her academic studies she founded 1994 the theater group "Daritsche". Since then she is leading this group as Director, Playwright, and light and costume designer.[1]

Work

Central themes of her theater work are "woman", "the suffering of individuals among the crowd" and "being a stranger either in the own or in the foreign society". She also puts emphasis on the sociopolitical context of the theater in its contemporary issues. In addition to her theatrical work she writes articles about the political and social situation, particularly the situation of women in Iran. She advocates for women's rights[2] and for the rights of gays and lesbians in Iran and is involved in the Iranian art and cultural scene in exile for the rights of religious minorities in Iran, in particular the Bahais.[3] 2005, she was awarded the Persian "World Academy of Art, Literature and Media" in Budapest as the best theatre director in exile in category "the Performing Arts".[4] In the same year her play Daughters of the Sun (Come,dance with me) was performed in Zurich by Maralam Theater under direction of Peter Braschler. [5] The revival of her play No Man's Land [6] was performed in German in March 2009 in Karlsruhe [7] within the framework of the "Cultural Perspectives of Women festival 09".[8] Her play "Face to Face at the Threshold of the Cold Season" is about two very important women of the Iranian history "Tahirih Qurratu'l- ayn and Forough Farokhzad" had its premiere in October 2011 [9] Her Play " In the presence of the Wind" was written by her father in the sixties and was played in several cities of Europe and Germany from 2015 until oct. 2016. Her latest Play "In this Place and at this Time" (based on the stories of Mahshid Amirshahy) was played in Frankfurt,Collogne,Berlin and Heidelberg since Oct. 2017 and will be on Stage in some other cities in Europe until June 2018. ّShe became for this Play the audience award for best Play from the iranian Theater Festival in Heildelberg at 3 February 2018.[10] Niloofar Beyzaie was honored for her lifelong theater work on march 2. and 3. 2018 by "the cultural society of iranian women" in Vancouver. In this context, the play "Lady in Mirror", which consists of parts of her plays, was performed by the Theatre group Shahrzad.[11] [12] She also received the Prize as the best Personalitiy of the year 2018 from the "Foundation of Pasargad Heritage" for the fields of Art and Culture on march 2018.[13]

Staging (theatre director)

  • Marjan, Mani and a few small problems, 1996
  • The Last Game, 1997
  • No Man's Land, 1998–99
  • A knife in the back ( A Play by Kaveh Esmaili), 1999–2000
  • The blue dreams of gray women, 2000–2001
  • Three Opinions on a death (based on a text by: Mina Assadi), 2001–2002
  • The Blind Owl (based on a text by: Sadegh Hedayat), 2004–2005
  • The blind owl (bilingual, along with Tom Peifer), 2005
  • foreign as you and I (based on a text by Farhang Kassraei and Maria Piniella), 2006–2007
  • The Voice of Silence, 2007–2008
  • The blind owl (revival), 2008
  • No Man's Land (revival in German language), 2009
  • One file, two murders, 2009–2010
  • Diaries of newspapers or How the revolution ate its grandchildren (Play reading) 2011
  • Face to Face at the Threshold of the Cold Season, 2011-2012
  • In the presence of the Wind, 2015-2016
  • In this Place and at this Time, 2017-2018

Plays (playwright)

  • Banu in the mirror city (performed in the same year under direction of Mohsen Hosseini in Frankfurt am Main), 1994
  • Marjan, Mani and a few small problems, 1995
  • The last game, 1996
  • No Man's Land, 1997
  • The blue dreams of the gray women, 2000
  • Come dance with me (Daughters of the Sun), 2005
  • The Voice of Silence, 2006
  • One file, two murders, 2009
  • Diaries of newspapers or How the revolution ate its grandchildren (Play reading) 2011
  • Face to Face at the Threshold of the Cold Season, 2011

Awards

  • 2005:Persian "World Academy of Art, Literature and Media"Budapest:Best Director in the Performing Arts category[14] and [15]
  • 2018:ََ Audience Award for her Play "In this Place and at this Time" in the iranian Theater Festival in Heildelberg 3. February 2018.[16]
  • 2018:ََ Tribute to Director and Playwright Ms. Niloofar Beyzaie followed by the musical Lady in the Mirror, 2nd and 3.of March 2018.[17]
  • 2018: Prize as the best Personalitiy of the year 2018 from the "Foundation of Pasargad Heritage" for the fields of Art and Culture on March 2018 [18]

References

  1. ^ "Interview with Niloofar Beyzaie". Tavaana. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  2. ^ article women rights
  3. ^ we are ashamed
  4. ^ iranian world academie Award best director
  5. ^ Maralam come, dance with me Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 10th Cultural Perspectives of Women Festival 2009 No man's land
  7. ^ staatstheatre No man's land
  8. ^ cultural festival tausend and one iran women
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ Award
  15. ^ best stage director
  16. ^ [6]
  17. ^ [7]
  18. ^ [8]

External links

See also

List of famous Persian women

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