Bakhtiary Bey at the Court of Louis XIV at Versailles and Queen Soraya of Iran greeted at La Comédie Française ©Comedie Française &© Nakissa ©Versailles Museum
The Comédie-Française is the world's
longest established national theatre. It was formed in 1680, when Louis XIV
ordered two rival troupes to merge and form the Comédiens du roi aka
The Comedians of the King the only professional French company then playing
I was invited to assist to the Premiere of a Spanish play performed for the first time in French entitled Pedro et Le Commandeur a tragic-comedy by Felix Lope de Vega a contemporary of William Shakespeare and directed by Omar Porras with a French adaptation of the text by Florence Delay. One of the members of the Cast playing five different roles and appearing more that ten times on the stage was no more than the famous Persian Dancer and actor Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam who was awarded last October with the Persian Golden Lioness Award® in Budapest Hungary and was noticed for his international Tour of the Kafaneh Siah (See Author's Notes) an unknown yet relatively contemporary play by Mirzadeh Eshghi set at the time of the Constitutional Revolution of 1906 which was performed at the Salle Adyar in Paris to the standing ovation of an enthusiastic crowd. Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam is the VERY FIRST Iranian Pensionnaire of the Prestigious Comedie Française since its inception in 1680. It is indeed a historical accomplishment for an Iranian comedian to this day which was noticed by the French Media in magazines such as Point De Vue Images du Monde, Le Monde as well as on French TV hosted by Michel Drucker's weekend program Vivement Dimanche to name a few.
Some of the Splendid costumes at display highlight the quality of the Comédie's craftsmen and women. . © Comédie Française
The French Comédie Française is a
superb building set not far from the Avenue Rivoli and the famous
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam first pensionaire of
Persian decent of La Comédie Française ©Nakissa
Contrary to popular belief the Comédie Française is not reserved to a privileged few, it has many matinees and afternoon performances reserved to schools and colleges and the repertoire is as much classic as modern. It is also very rich and colorful both in costume and set designs and displays great stage pyrotechnics and stage effects that are often spectacular.
a very rich career as a Dancer, Mr. Moshkin Ghalam is certainly paving the way
for a new generation of Iranian stage actors in France and
So Vive La Comédie !!
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam's 2007 Agenda :
"Kafane siah" in
Frankfort, Germany it is a play in Persian
-February 22nd RaghsOstoureha in Toulouse, France (Persian mythological dances, a Franco-Iranian co-production)
-August 25th Omar Khayam ballet in LA USA
-September 9th Raghs oustouraha (Persian mythological dances, a Franco Iranian cooperation) in Vancouver Canada
For more details, bookings and other feedback on programs in 2007 you can contact Mrs. Suzie Ziai of Nakissa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Website of Nakissa Company.
Recommended Reading : Shahrokh Moskin Ghalam's Adaptation of Classic Kafaneh Siah on US tour by DK
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian and Media Consultant.
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