Haoma and the Warriors

Mime diplomacy: Iran performers acto out a mime-based play by director Izumi Ashizawa in Tehran

Photography by Associated Press

The Japan Times

 

Japanese stages event in Tehran for quake victims

 

Associated Press

 

TEHRAN---Japanese stage director Izumi Ashizawa and Iranian actors put on a mime based on Avesta, an ancient Persian scripture of the indigenous religion Zoroastrianism in Tehran to help survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

 

"I hope to do at least something to help the disaster survivors." said Ashizawa, a renowned artist who is active in the United States. Part of the box-office revenue will be donated to disaster survivors.

 

"I liked the blend of body movements characterized by (the essence of) Iranian myth and Japanese tradition," said Leila Ghandehari, a local artist who watched the show.

Ashizawa, staged a theatrical adaptation of the Shahnameh, a Persian national epic, in Tehran in 2007 and that led to the performance of a new show this week. 

 

Ashizawa also want to thaw frosty relations between Iran and the United States, where she lives. Relations have worsened due to Tehran's ongoing nuclear quest.

 

She said Americans are quite prejudiced against Iran, but that she wants to eliminate such prejudice through her theatrical works.

 

The Japan Times: Saturday, June 18, 2011