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
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
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.