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A reason to talk

Sachli Gholamalizad / kunstZ & KVS

Sachli Gholamalizad is a Belgian actress of Iranian descent. In A reason to talk, she attempts to uncover the reasons for her strained relationship with her mother. She dives into her family history and confronts her mother and grandmother. 

Gholamalizad interweaves video fragments she recorded in Belgium and Iran with diary excerpts, memories, novels and soundscapes, to arrive at a highly personal performance. The many layers and contradictions contained within the lives of these three women are brought to life through the use of various media. 

Is this a story of opposites, inherent to growing up between two cultures? Or is it a story that’s universal to mothers and daughters? 

She’s never there. Working. Always working.
Building a new life.
Pride. We’re no different from everyone else.
Own room. 15. Finally some peace. Finally a lock on the door.
Nobody imposing on me.
This is my life.
A new life.
Don’t need anybody.
I’m different from her.
Can’t accept her.
Just leave me alone dammit.
Good memories.
I don’t remember anything.
My head is empty. My head is full. I don’t want to think.

This performance was selected at the Theater Aan Zee Festival 2014 to be part of the Circuit X/Theaterfestival 2015-16.

Reviews

07.08.2014 - Cobra.be - Verdwalen als nomaden op TAZ
22.11.2014 - De Morgen - Moeder-dochter clash
19.01.2015 - De Standaard - Ik schaamde me voor mijn moeder
07.08.2015 - Exeunt magazine - 'A reason to talk' at Summerhall
08.08.2015 - Festmag - A reason to talk
11.08.2015 - Broadway Baby - A bold and beautiful piece of art
18.08.2015 - The Stage - 'A reason to talk' review
24.08.2015 - Brussel Nieuws - Theaterfestival: A reason to talk
01.09.2015 - De Morgen select - Podiumagenda
03.09.2015 - Theaterfestivalblog.be - Roel Verniersprijs
05.09.2015 - De Morgen / Cult - Ik heb nog niet veel kansen gekregen
10.10.2015 - De Standaard Weekblad - Mijn overleden oom waakt over mij
12.10.2015 - Gazet Van Antwerpen - Ik acteer niet om bekend te worden
23.10.2015 - Uit in Brussel - Agenda - Mothers and daughters
14.11.2015 - Citta stadsmagazine GVA - Het water heeft me naar Antwerpen gelokt
06.05.2016 - The Theatre Reader - I always felt like an alien: ...
25.07.2018 - TimeOut - Grec 2018: A reason to talk ****

Quotes

"Gholamalizad's performance conveys a palpably raw anger and resentment"
- FEST -
'A reason to talk' is equally moving, provoking and daring. A bold and beautiful piece of art.'
- Broadway Baby -
'Through these diverse mediums, she digs deep into her flaws, her hopes, her fears, and her family, creating a visually dense, and conceptually brilliant performance.'
- My Entertainment World -
'A failure to communicate between mother and daughter becomes an eloquent deconstruction of the limits of articulacy.'
- The Stage -
'A bravely personal piece.'
- **** FEST MAGAZINE -
'The core premise and style of the approach are truly unique and with further shaping this piece could pack more of an emotional wallop.'
- *** EXEUNT -
'A Reason To Talk is a painful and searching show, in other words, as courageous as it is austerely inventive.'
- **** THEATRE REVIEW -
'She becomes the DJ of her own family history, through a tangle of multimedia.'
- **** The Stage -
'Simply represents the story of all mothers and daughters.'
- **** The Scotsman -

Credits

BY & WITH Sachli Gholamalizad SET DESIGN Steven Brys technique & production manager DONALD BERLANGER COACHING Greet Vissers SOUNDSCAPE Andrew Claes PRODUCTION TEAM Mulanga Nkolo THANKS TO SHOKAT ARMON, BART BAELE, JULIE DE CLERCQ, ZEYNAB HAMEDANI MOJARAD, EHSAN HEMMAT, SENJAN JANSEN, BART VAN NUYS PRODuction kunstZ, KVS & Royal Theatre Plymouth / Richard Jordan Productions Ltd. DISTRIBUTION & TOURMANAGEMENT SASKIA LIENARD WITH THE SUPPORT OF De Vlaamse Overheid & Stad Antwerpen

Pictures

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PERSVERANTWOORDELIJKE

Inge Jooris
inge.jooris@kvs.be
0475 80 04 87

(INTER)NATIONALE SPREIDING

Saskia Liénard
saskia.lienard@kvs.be
0496 55 19 92

Production manager

Donald Berlanger
02/2101161
donald.berlanger@kvs.be
Technical sheet
Live recording