How does the present age, illuminated from the year 2070, overlap with “today”?
“How will future generations understand our era?”
This question is one that should be considered within the fields of politics, technology, the arts, and beyond. It is also at the root of the perspective toward contemporary society found throughout Voicelessness.
The year is 2070. The setting is a dystopian world where freedom of expression is suppressed. The story centers on a young woman’s struggle to discover the truth about her grandfather who disappeared more than 50 years ago. In a world where speech is controlled and inconvenient facts about past events cannot be publicly stated, what truth can the protagonist find?
Voicelessness is written, directed, and performed by Azade Shahmiri, a former journalist, playwright, and performer based in Iran’s largest city, Tehran. Born out of her own experiences, the piece depicts how an unjust situation in the past drives a woman to recreate her own narrative through documents, collections of footage and sound recordings. When there is no evidence of an event does that mean it never happened? If the available evidence confirms the occurrence of an event, does that mean that the event occurred? This performance can be seen as a story about how we live today.
10.21 (Fri) 19:00 ★
10.22 (Sat) 17:00
10.23 (Sun) 17:00 ♡
Doors open 30min. prior to the performance.
♡Childcare Service (reservation required 7 days before each performance)
Duration: 55 min
Farsi with Japanese and English surtitles
Age limit and other information:
No admission for elementary school children and younger (recommended for ages 15 and above)
Shahmiri is a theater artist and performance maker. She graduated in Theater Studies from the University of Tehran in 2009 and holds a Ph.D. in Art Studies. Shahmiri’s artistic practice oscillates between theater, performance, and forms of installation. Alongside the text, the collaboration between film, video, and sonic and visual materials are central to her creations. Her artistic works have been presented in various theaters and festivals across Europe and Asia in Tehran, Gwangju, Kerala, Vienna, Zurich, Basel, Edinburgh, Brussels, Berlin, Geneve, and Mannheim.
Concept and Direction: Azade Shahmiri
Text: Soheil Amirsharifi & Azade Shahmiri
Performers: Shadi Karamroudi & Azade Shahmiri
Technical Director: Saba Kasmaei
Technical Assistant and Operator: Leila Ahmadi Abadeh
Set Design: Azade Shahmiri
Video: Soheil Amirsharifi
Music Composer: Adib Ghorbani
Light Design: Ali Kouzegar
Costume: Marzie Seyedsalehi
On videos: Behzad Dorani, Hoda Heidari, Sajad Tabesh, Mariam Rahimivand
Co-produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Zürcher Theatre Spektakel
Premiere: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, May 2017)
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council
Presented by Kyoto Experiment
Kyoto Experiment Staff
Stage Manager: Mao Sakai
Lighting: Kana Watanabe
Sound: Eisuke Toyoda (ROHM Theatre Kyoto)
Video: Maya Kawasaki
Wardrobe: Atsuko Kiyokawa, Reina Yamaguchi
Japanese surtitles: Yuko Fujimoto
Surtitle Operator: Kinari Imai
Translation support: Satoshi Udo
Production coordinator: Kei Saito (ROHM Theatre Kyoto)
Intern: Noa Tamura