Excerpts and summaries from their email:
Dear Mr. Owen Daly,
We are so interested in Grotowski's method and we are
working on this method to explore new things and new ways of
expression in theater.
Here's a short introduction of our Experimental Theater Group
( TANTALOS ) in Iran.
[They using Experimental
Theatre to explore artistic freedom and they recognize
that the political climate in Iran has similarities to Grotowski's
in the late 50's and 60's.]
Our Experimental Theater Group
( TANTALOS ) [was founded] about 2 years ago and also
found it's different way of thinking...
[Their first production was "TEHRAN,THE
CAPITAL OF IRAN" (performed
in the lobby of tehran university). "TANTALOS" next began a
year's work on "MEDEA" (a
new interpretation based on our social condition without words
and dialog ) in private settings outside
of the limitations of the formal university.]
"TANTALOS" started a year secret rehearsing period working
on "MEDEA"(a new interpretation based on our social condition
without words and dialog ).
We rehearsed a year for one
In our production "MEDEA",
we experienced these things:
- .Theatrical performance in a desert.
- presence and combination of 3 kind of play:
- TAZIYEE (an iranian traditional play)
- Confrontation with the audiences during our peformance
and even after that.
- Desert exploration with the audiences.
[They chose venue in the desert
for a single performance of this work, far away from Tehran,
bringing their threatre into the liberating openness of nature.
The performance was for a select audience. They were aware
Here's some pictures of this adventure:
We should stay underground in
our country but we wish to be visible to you and to the free
people in the world. Th[ose are]
some of our difficulties in the path of working on Experimental
theater in Iran.
[Unlike Black Narcissus, Tantalos
is an Experimantal Theater Group working 'underground' without
any state support.] We work intensively on physical and vocal
approach to expression in the theater.
Now we are working on our next production.
We have the film's of our works (-TEHRAN,THE CAPITAL OF IRAN, -MEDEA.)
and more pictures of our 2 years advanture in Experimental
Theater,we can send them to you if you like to see these Experiences.
As we are developing our knowledge in the Experimental Theater
,we would appreciate any kind of help.
"I observe that new generation has already advanced in respect
to the preceding one"