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"The House is Black" Media Performance at UCLA's Freud Playhouse


Source: Farhang Foundation

"The House is Black" is Sussan Deyhim's media-film-performance project, inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and film makers of the 20th Century.

This project seeks to shed light on the importance of progressive Iranian contemporary arts through the vision of two of Iran's most avant-garde female artists, Forough Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim.

Sussan Deyhim has created a series of non-linier poetic tableaux inspired by the poems of Forough Farrokhzad. The audience travels through a visual, sonic and theatrical journey into the heart of Fraough's prophetic vision where her most intimate; soulful and provocative moments leap of the page and onto the stage. Her message is as poetically and politically relevant today for the women of Iran and the world as it was fifty years ago when she died tragically at the age of thirty two.

An original score composed by Deyhim and the Golden Globe winning composer Richard Horowitz, featuring brilliant special guests, creates a cinematic musical landscape for the piece. The composition will include influences routed in Persian and Western contemporary classical music, jazz and electronic music with an elaborate sound design component.

Archival images and scenes from Forough's documentary The House is Black and Bernardo Bertolucci's 1965 interview with Forough, along with Deyhim's original film and visual projections, will create the backdrop and provide a window into the life of Iran's most controversial poet and filmmaker.

This highly anticipated 45 min preview, will take place on Jan 19th through a residency program at CAP/UCLA at Freud Hall.

The project has been supported by a generous grant from Farhang Foundation.

Time: January 19, 2014 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: UCLA Freud Playhouse
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Organized By: Center for the Art of Performance (CAP)

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