© Mehdi Ashna

است (Is)

Parnia Shams
KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS
Fri 20.05.2022 - Mon 23.05.2022
20.05.2022
-
23.05.2022
  • 20.05.2022
    20:30 - 21:30
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    Past event
  • 21.05.2022
    20:30 - 21:30
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    Past event
  • 22.05.2022
    17:00 - 18:00
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    Past event
  • 22.05.2022
    20:30 - 21:30
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    Past event
  • 23.05.2022
    20:30 - 21:30
    KVS, Brussels
    KVS BOX
    Past event

A school for girls, several writing desks, a blackboard. That is the setting of the performance by Parnia Shams. 

Mahoor, a 16-year-old girl who just moved to Tehran in the middle of the semester, enters this new school and forms a deep and intimate friendship with the best student of the class. They form a relationship that begins to attract a lot of attention from other students and the school board. To create this project, Parnia Shams worked with 7 girls recently out of high school. Her style is minimalist: it seems that little happens, but everything is in the details. We see them in class talking to each other, about the forbidden books hidden in their backpack, and weaving a story that is both everyday and exceptional. We hear the girls in conversation with the teacher or the direction of the school. These authority figures, although present, are unseen and unheard, yet we can follow the dialogues from what the girls say.

است (“Is”) is thus a game of full and empty, in which one must fill in what is not said or cannot be said, and in which Parnia Shams embodies the feeling of being controlled by an invisible power. She crafts a hyperrealistc yet magical fresco depicting the importance of the school as a place of learning, not just of notions, but of sisterhood and solidarity.

Credits

PRESENTATIE / PRESENTATION / PRESENTATION Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS REGIE & TEKST / MISE EN SCÈNE & TEXTES / DIRECTOR & PLAYRIGHT Parnia Shams, Amir Ebrahimzadeh DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Shabab Rahmani PERFORMERS / PERFORMEUR·EUSES / PERFORMERS Parvaneh Zabeh, Yasaman Rasouli, Negar Raoofi, Shadi Safshekan, Mahtab Karimi, Sadaf Maleki, Mahoor Mirzanezhad SCENOGRAFIE / SCÉNOGRAPHIE / SET DESIGNER Pourya Akhavan DECORBOUW / CONSTRUCTION DÉCORS / SET CONSTRUCTION Mohsen Banihashemi LICHT / LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING Alireza Miranjom LICHT ASSISTENT / ASSISTANT LUMIÈRES / LIGHTS ASSISTANT Morteza Haghieinloo KOSTUUMS / COSTUMES / COSTUMES Pegah Shams REGIE ASSISTANT / ASSISTANT MISE EN SCENE / DIRECTORS ASSISTANT Mahmood Khodaverdi PRODUCTIE ASSISTANT / ASSISTANT À LA PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Atabak Mehrad GRAFISCH ONTWERP / GRAPHISME / GRAPHIC DESIGN Mohammad Mosavat VERTALING ONDERTITELS / TRADUCTION SOUS-TITRES / SUBTITLE TRANSLATION Roja Ramezani SPREIDING / DISTRIBUTION NH Theatre Agency