MUSIC, DANCE & VIDEO CELEBRATION OF FEMINIST IRANIAN POET
8 PM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2002
Forugh's Reflecting Pool, an evening of acting, dance, spoken word and video-projection of live footage of places and people in Iran which are relevant to the poet and her work, in a tribute to Persian poetry's most influential and controversial woman Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-67), will be presented by Theatre of the Reflecting Pool at the Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium of The Graduate Center/CUNY (365 Fifth Ave, between 34th- 35th St.) on Friday, November 8, 2002 at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the production, written and directed by New York-based Iranian-American playwright and scholar Maryam Habibian and sponsored by the Women's Studies Certificate Program of the Graduate School/CUNY. Please call (212) 817-8215 for the tickets. [$20 General Admission; Students of the CUNY Graduate Center can attend free.]
As a pioneer for Iranian women's rights, Forugh Farrokhzad broke through the imprisoning patriarchal ideals of womanhood with her earthy, yet militant poetry. Like a pistol, Forugh punctured the untouchable Madonna-like image of the Iranian woman with a combination of human sensuality and the revolutionary cries of an enraged artist. As a poet and woman, she throws sharp criticism at the corrupt monarchist society of Iran. In a category all her own, Forugh's unique voice captured and enlightened the souls of a vast intellectual audience of Iranians, and addresses the very essence of the human soul.
The cast for Forugh's Reflecting Pool includes Colette Brandenburg, Laura Caldow, Ana Claudia Camerato, Paulina Danilczyk, Arli Deluca, Teresa Fellion, Carolina Johansson, Takemi Kitamura, Lisa Quintela, Quisha Saunders and Bryan Taylor. Forugh's Reflecting Pool features: choreography by Colette Brandenburg and Arielle Javitch; costume design by Hushidar Mortezaie; and original music by Gal Ziv, inspired by traditional Persian music. The videos are edited by Nick Huston. Ganesh Ramanathan is the production's Stage Manager.
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