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Songs for no one

Reveals the otherwise invisible lives of a boy and a girl living under the Islamic dictatorship of Iran.

Theatre maker Nastaran Razawi Khorasani Songs for no one reveals the otherwise invisible lives of a boy and a girl living under the Islamic dictatorship of Iran. She performs duets, dialogues, poems and songs in an evocative solo production based on telephone conversations with the children. Songs for no one is a portrait of a hidden society, painted with the voices of two children speaking in the ancient language of Persian, Songs for no one and revealing what is usually unseen.

Songs for no one The production won the BNG Bank Theaterprijs 2021 and was selected by the Flemish Theatre Festival 2022 as one of Songs for no one ‘the most interesting, socially relevant and innovative Songs for no one productions of the last season’. 

Nastaran: “How can I share a platform with people who are literally and figuratively excluded from it? This question was the underlying drive for this project. I am extremely aware of the privileges I enjoy and feel more than ever the responsibility to speak on behalf of those who cannot. I left Iran as a refugee in my childhood. I live in freedom in the Netherlands, but I identify strongly with the youngest generation of children living in Iran now. I want their voices to be heard.”

What does it mean to have to live under a dictatorship? What ideas and hopes keep the younger generation going? Songs for no one is about the fragility of freedom, the lack of freedom in everyday life and dreams about freedom in the future.

Language
This performance is spoken in Farsi. There are Dutch and English surtitles. 

Songs for no one has won the BNG Bank Theater Prize 2020. From the jury report:

'From deserted playgrounds, the unheard becomes audible in urgent duets with the voices of absent children from Iran.'

Songs for no one has been selected by the jury for the TheaterFestival Flanders. From the jury report::

“As a jury, we especially enjoyed Khorasani's earthy, sharp and caring stage presence as an interviewer/performer. She very subtly confronts her viewers with deeply ingrained ideas about Western supremacy, but at the same time her mature use of very contemporary tools avoids our tendency towards false sentiment or the easy seat of white helper. For a Western world that is learning step by step to relate to others differently, this exercise in listening to inaudible voices is a strong political statement. Songs for no one? Songs for everyone!”

Credits

Concept, direction, acting Nastaran Razawi Khorasani Music Jimi Zoet and Nastaran Razawi Khorasani Dramaturgy Tobias Kokkelmans Scenography and lighting design Peter van Til (BrotherTill) Production Nadine Dijkstra Coach Suzan Boogaerdt Costume advice Rebekka Wörmann Technology André Goos (Denzo Theater Techniek), Andy Twillert Business management, sales Wilma Kuite (Alles voor de Kunsten) Marketing Dieke van der Spek and Leonie Poot Photography Mostafa Heravi Graphic designer and image editing Maartje de Groot Scene photography Julian Maiwald A production by Kobe collectief Co-producers BNG Bank Theaterprijs, Maas theater en dans, Theaterfestival Boulevard In collaboration with Het Nationale Theater, We are public, Workspacebrussels With thanks to Vivianne Jorritsma

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