Poppy Serano

Across Seas - Toi Whakaari to Tehran

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Toi Whakaari to Tehran 

We, Ella and Poppy, have received an invitation from Ashkan Kheil Nezhad (Co-Director) to join his company Tazeh Theatre Group in Tehran, Iran, for the month of January 2016. The invitation includes insight into the company's creative working process while producing a piece of work together. Ashkan will be directing the piece, Poppy will be designing and Ella will be writing and crafting it in New Zealand to present and workshop with Tazeh theatre group upon arrival in Iran. We will be workshopping rigourously across January to develop something together that sows seeds beyond our differences -that looks more intimately at our crossovers, our similarities.  We also have the opportunity to attend Tehran's most important annual theatrical event, The 33rd Fadjr International Theatre Festival. 

Creating a background for cultural exchanges between Iranian and foreign theatre groups forms the basis of the festival. We will be soaking up as much as we can, reviewing some of the shows, working hard and meeting many talented performers and practitioners. Our aim is to bring back this wealth of experience to New Zealand. 

And you can help. Any donation, large or small get's us one step closer. By donating you will qualify for a 33% tax credit and be strengthening New Zealand's performing talent in the process. Kia Ora to that! The $3500 we hope to raise will cover 60% of our travel costs. We are working hard to cover everything else ourselves.

As part of being offered such an exciting opportunity we will be documenting the experience through blog posts, poetry, illustrations, photographs, videos, basically any medium appropriate to capture our experiences/inspirations. We hope this will allow other artists or companies to get a little peek of the skill, forms, and stories that are alive in Tehran.

This opportunity arose from the friendship that has grown between Ella and Nazanin Mehr (dancer, actor artist working with Tazeh Theatre Group at the time) since their first meeting in Singapore during The 8th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Conference. We're excited by the prospect of one day being able to return the invitation to Ashkan and Nazanin so that we can extend the performance we produce to audiences in New Zealand.

 

Who are we?

Ella Gilbert is an actor entering her 3rd year of training at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and is also a former member of Wellington's Long Cloud Youth Theatre. In her first year of training Ella developed her solo piece 'Gaggle' which she had the opportunity to stage at The 8th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Conference in Singapore in June 2015. Through her work she has an interest in exploring the effects of social cultural restrictions on the body in performance through physicality and choreographic score.

Poppy Serano is a design graduate (November 2014) of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. She has worked alongside companies Barbarian Productions, Red Leap Theatre, Two Productions and Muscle Mouth. Poppy first met Ella while designing for Long Clouth Youth Theatre's production of Charles Mee's 'The Bacchae' in 2013. Like Ella, Poppy has an interest in exploring social conventions but through the lens of design such as the treatment of space, choreographic scoring and materiality.

 

UPDATES

  • We've been boosted 106%!!!

    43 MONTHS AGO

     

    Special thanks to family and friends who have shared our campaign, mums and dads, and Kate Ricketts who has been guiding us through this boosted campaign.

    Awww love!

  • We've been boosted 106%!!!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/149823847" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/149823847">100%</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user47086075">Poppy Serano</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Special thanks to family and friends who have shared our campaign, mums and dads, and Kate Ricketts who has been guiding us through this boosted campaign. 

    Awww love!

  • 4HOURS OF DREEAMS TO BE MET - JUST 4HOURS TO SEAL THE DEAL

    43 MONTHS AGO

    THIS PHOTO CLEARLY DEMONSTRATESIS HOW FIERCELY STAUNCH I AM IN REGARDS TO MY UNRELENTING APPRECIATION FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT


    - I can hardly believe we have nearly met our BOOSTED goal - 84% with just 4HOURS left. We made this with the quiet hope we might find a little financial encouragement, and now you have helped us ALMOST REACH THE $$$ needed to help fly us to the seas of IRAN.
    - If you have a friend/know someone who was meaning to donate please remind them it's now or never (4HOURS!!)

    Thank you again, with all our staunch and ferocious love,
    Ella and Poppy Serano xxxxx

    4HOURS OF DREEAMS TO BE MET -  JUST 4HOURS TO SEAL THE DEAL
  • 25 HOURS REMAIN TO BOOST THESE HOPEFUL AND ARTISTICALLY INCLINED LADIES TO TEHRAN! That's only 1DAY and 1HOUR!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    When I was 14years old I put more energy into thin lizzie then extending my artistic practice to the lands of Iran...
    I did faces like this and texted boys, a lot.
    If 14year old Ella saw me now she would probably say:
    "Truth dare command or promise?"
    (current day ella) "Um.. dare"
    "HahA RanDom... K I DARE you to reAch 100% on Ur BOOSTED lollololol! AwkWard... ;)

    --OVER %50 theeeere - dreaming TEHRAN # NOT DREAMING REAL LIIIFE

    Thank you again everyone from our big swollen tender and optimistic hearts xxxx

    Poppy and Ella (we cannot fathom the level of generosity directed our way, truly, thank YOU)

    25 HOURS REMAIN TO BOOST THESE HOPEFUL AND ARTISTICALLY INCLINED LADIES TO TEHRAN! That's only 1DAY and 1HOUR!
  • 50% !!!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    This is a photo of me (Poppy) gazing gratefully.

    Pressure is on to reach 100%!!!

    50% !!!
  • ABSOLUTE JUBILATION! YOU have HELPED us get NEARLY HALF WAY to our BOOSTED goals! My face cracked largely into this severe smile and my pal was so impressed a strand of his silky hair fell forward!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    ABSOLUTE JUBILATION! YOU have HELPED us get NEARLY HALF WAY to our BOOSTED goals! My face cracked largely into this severe smile and my pal was so impressed a strand of his silky hair fell forward!
  • COLLABORATORS GAZING GRATEFULLY AT YOU R.E YOUR KIND GIVINGS -Iranian company awaits... 3 days left to reach the goal/the people/the far away seas (thank yo all so so much xx. poppy and ella)

    43 MONTHS AGO

    COLLABORATORS GAZING GRATEFULLY AT YOU R.E YOUR KIND GIVINGS -Iranian company awaits... 3 days left to reach the goal/the people/the far away seas (thank yo all so so much xx. poppy and ella)
  • GIRL TALKS ABOUT BIG ADVENTURE DREAMS! 4 days left! BOOST it

    43 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks for your support thus far! We are still hopeful to hit the GOOOAL in 4 days. Are we crazy?

    A bit.

    This is a long awaited video that gives a better run down of some of the golden reasonings and dreams behind this trip/collaboration/adventure.

     

    xxxxx Ella and Poppy

    (two weeks til TEHRAN! - 4days to BOOST us there)